Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says French star, Paul Pogba, must earn his trust if he hopes to be a regular in his team.
Pogba was recently named among United’s substitutes in their most recent game against Sevilla in the Champions League when he came on in the second half.
Responding to questions about Pogba’s continued bench roles during his Press Conference ahead of United’s home game against Chelsea on Sunday, Mourinho said every player must prove himself to deserve a starting shirt.
“I think I don’t give trust for free. I think it’s the other way round,” he began. “I don’t think its about the manager to trust the player, is the player to make the manager trust him, it’s as simple as that.
“Sometimes it looks like we have to give everything to the players and they give nothing back to us.
“I don’t think that way. The confidence and trust I show towards Scott, he earned it since day one, since he come to the first team training sessions step by step with a lot to learn and a long way to go even now, after I would say maybe eight starts, something like that, he has a lot to learn.
“But since the first moment, he was learning that is the way to perform and of course he will have bad matches and make mistakes and be on the bench and not be selected, but I know when I want him to play, I know the kind of mentality, the player I am developing, I know the qualities that will make him a really good player.”
Mourinho however praised Pogba on his professionalism when he was brought on in the second half against Sevilla.
He added:”You saw the game against Seville, it’s always more difficult to come from the bench than to start.
“A player when he is starting the game has a different kind of preparation for it, to be on the bench and to come on without warming up and getting to the pace of the game is not easy and I think he had a very positive game for us.
“Some details are details and some players take five minutes to be ready to play, they don’t have shinpads, strapping, the shirt, but he took 10 seconds to be ready to come to the pitch, to show the professionalism and show he was ready to help the team.
“He responded very well in a professional way both times, he was on the bench against Huddersfield in the Premier League and he responded in a professional way and he was on the bench in Seville and did the same.”
Mourinho described Sunday’s tie against Chelsea as a big game that it has always been between both teams, and played down talks on his thoughts about facing his former club.
“For the past 10-15 years, Manchester United versus Chelsea have been big matches.
“We are both fighting for the top four, but it is always a big game, regardless of what’s at stake.”
“To play against Chelsea will mean less and less and less with the years, so of course I left already a couple of years ago and next season three years ago, so step by step, that feeling of I was the Chelsea manager or I was their manager for them I think disappears, so the real meaning of it is that we are two of the best teams in England, two of the biggest clubs playing one match.
“I have a good relation with the board, I don’t forget how nice they were to me in a difficult period with departure [death] of my father, they show me in that moment they feel me as a friend that did his best for the club and always respects the club.
“So in relation to the board they know the relation with me is always good. With the players, I don’t have any problem, any regret, any stone in my shoe, no problem at all.
“The fans are fans, with many of them in the street I feel that empathy and that relation that normally should be a connection and feeling forever. When I play at Stamford Bridge some reactions from the fans are just reactions.”
On his feud with Antonio Conte, Mourinho said: “I don’t want to speak about it, I’m not going to speak about it. That’s not the point. He’s a very good manager, a fantastic team and that’s what is important for me.”
And on the injury to Ander Herrera who went off against Sevilla: “Ander is out, I don’t know the final diagnosis but I know he’s out for a few weeks, I don’t know how to say few, two, three, four, five or six.”