MANCHESTER UNITED ace Paul Pogba has thanked Jose Mourinho for improving him as a player and a person.
Mourinho signed Pogba for a then-world record fee in August 2016, but the pair had a stormy relationship before the Portuguese’s dismissal on Tuesday.
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The World Cup winner, however, praised his former boss after Manchester United beat Cardiff 5-1 in caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first game in charge.
“We won trophies with Jose and I want to thank him for that,” said Pogba.
“We work even if not everything went well. But that is the past and I went to thank him for that.”
United produced their best performance of the season to post their biggest win since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013.
Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard (two) were on target as United scored five for the first time in more than five years.
“We are happy that the first game of the manager starts like this,” Pogba said. “It’s important now to carry on like that.
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“We can not play like this and win with five goals and then the next game lose.”
Solskjaer, who has made a temporary switch from Norwegian club Molde, has been put in charge until the end of the season when it is expected the club will appoint a more experienced manager.
They are eight points adrift of the Champions League places, but Pogba remains defiant over the club’s long-term ambitions.
“We want to go back to the top of the league,” he said.
“I’m sure that is the same of all the players and now we are looking forward to the next game.
“We are really happy for the result. We played well and the performance of the team was great.”