Manchester United great Peter Schmeichel insists Paul Pogba mustn’t be allowed to think he’s bigger than the club and backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to extract the Frenchman’s full potential
After being left out of Mourinho’s final game in charge of United in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, Pogba was restored to the starting line-up for Solskjaer’s debut at Cardiff City.
The World Cup winner responded with an incisive display that saw him provide two assists as United stormed to a convincing 5-1 win.
But Schmeichel cautioned United against allowing Pogba to think he’s bigger than them.
“Mourinho did put himself in the limelight, not in the correct way or the way that you want the United manager to be,” Schmeichel told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“There were stories about the manager being at war with certain players. That’s happened many times, but the club has always been able to deal with that in the dressing room.
“I want to see Pogba being a United player as good as everything else he does in life.
“He’s absolutely brilliant on social media, and he’s projecting himself to be this incredibly important player.
“We’ve seen it at Juventus, we’ve seen it with France, we haven’t seen it with Manchester United and what’s really important here is that no player, regardless of how much money they make, how much they’ve been bought for, has ever been bigger than the club or the manager.
“This has been now portrayed like Pogba has won a war, this doesn’t work for me, that cannot happen for United.
“It’s now really important that the club deal with this situation. Pogba, or any other player, cannot be bigger than the club.”
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However, the former Danish goalkeeper expects old United team-mate Solskjaer to be the man to get Pogba to perform to his expected levels.
“Ole is definitely a different personality and a different direction,” Schmeichel added.
“He’s stuck to the tradition and the history of the club, and respected it all the way, and had a great run as reserve coach for the club, and this is significant, because he was dealing with players like Pogba and Jesse Lingard, and these players that seem to be the players that Mourinho had problems with.
“I think this is key, and the brief that Ole has got is to tame that situation, make someone like Pogba play to the potential that we know already that he has got.”