He’s had a shaky start since his £89m summer signing from Juventus as Mourinho has tried to find the Frenchman’s best position and midfield partner at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has occasionally thrown Pogba into a deeper role, but after scoring the winner for France in their World Cup qualifier against Holland, he admitted he was more comfortable further forward.
“I try to adapt,” he said.
“I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.
“I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”
Mourinho is still finding his best XI at Man United and he will be looking to build his side with the world’s most expensive football at the heat of the squad.
His midfield pairing with Ander Herrera has by far been the most effective yet, it allows him to move further forward without having to worry about tracking back, as he had to playing alongside Marouane Fellaini.
With United facing the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool after international break, the Portuguese boss will have to find a solution soon.