Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has declared that his midfielder Paul Pogba belongs to the same class as world top footballers, including Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, in terms of the huge influence they make on their respective club's performances.
Mourinho spoke to the media following his team's narrow 1-0 defeat to the Spanish giants in the early hours of Thursday (Nigerian time).
“One of my players, Paul Pogba, showed the level and he belongs to that level”
"Messi and Neymar, there is only one Messi and one Neymar.
"[Luis] Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, Ronaldo, [Gareth] Bale, [Luka] Modric, Toni Kroos, there is only one, so they can only be playing for one club – we can't have them, they belong to the clubs.
"One of my players, Paul Pogba, showed the level and he belongs to that level.
"There are players that are special players and there is nothing you can do. You try to compensate the difference in quality with a certain tactical organisation.
"With that you can win in football it's possible a team is in a certain day better than the sum of the parts that's possible in football but the parts are amazing."
United are through with their Asian version of their pre-season tour and will return to Europe when they travel to Norway to face Valerenga on Sunday.