Date: 19th August 2016 at 9:04am
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After United paid a world record fee to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford you’d expect him to be ‘the best midfielder in the world’ wouldn’t you.

Jose Mourinho has no doubt Pogba can have the impact at United to justify the tag of the best footballer in the world, and realise his dream of winning the Ballon d’Or, but not if he’s judged on goals!

Former United star Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s have the monopoly on the Ballon d’Or with Kaka the last player to break this back in 2007, with Ronaldo expected to win it again for the fourth time when it’s next dished out.

Mourinho knows he’ll not have the goalscoring impact they do but has said he would expect what he does to be spot on almost every time.

‘I’m not expecting, the first time he touches the ball, to dribble past five guys and score a wonder goal. I expect the first time he touches the ball to make a correct pass, a good selection of passes, a good choice, a good simple execution and the game fluid. So, maybe it’s not an impact, maybe just a natural improvement of the team, because he’s a super football player.’

Pogba is likely to struggle to win the Ballon d’Or, Mourinho knows this.

‘First of all, when you speak about the best players in the world, you go immediately to the ones that score a lot of goals. You don’t give a golden ball to a goalkeeper, you give it to Cannavaro once, because in that season he was the captain of Italy, the world champions, not many top players. Maldini never got a golden ball, Zanetti never got a golden ball, top goalkeepers over history didn’t get a gold ball, so you look immediately to the ones that score a lot of goals.’

If he’s judged on his goals then this isn’t ever going to happen for the 23-year-old as he’ll not manage 25% of the goals the likes of Ronaldo and Messi do.

Just because he doesn’t score the most goals that doesn’t mean he’s not the best as Mourinho is convinced he is whatever the judging panel will say.

‘Can Paul score the same number of goals as Ronaldo and Messi? Not even 25 per cent, I believe. I believe in a season he can’t score 20 goals. So if to be the best player in the world means to score a lot of goals, that’s not the point. But he’s one of the best midfield players, maybe I could say the best in the world.’

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