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Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists Paul Pogba can deal with Man United pressures

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that Paul Pogba can cope with the pressures of playing at Manchester United, noting the Frenchman belongs at the top.

Pogba, after joining for a world-record £89m fee back in August, initially struggled to acclimatise under Jose Mourinho, but quickly started to demonstrate his brilliance once the Portuguese settled on a midfield trio of Pogba, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick.

However, his performance against Liverpool – hallmarked by a failure to take a superb chance in the first half and a needles handball to gift the visitors a penalty – evinced widespread criticism from all sectors of the footballing world.

But Zlatan, speaking to the Guardian after the 1-1 draw with Jurgen Klopp’s side, noted that Pogba could handle the pressure coming his way.

“Pressure is something I enjoy,” Ibrahimovic said.

“I don’t know Paul personally to be able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level.

“If you want to play at the top pressure is 24 hours and if you play well or better the pressure becomes even greater. So it’s something that we learn from and something we have to handle because we belong to the top.

“Paul belongs at the top absolutely and the pressure will be there.”

It is no secret that, above anything, success at this level requires the right mental approach. All technical bravado and physical prowess starts not at the gym, or at the training ground, but in the human mind itself.

And you can tell that Pogba, despite his torrid afternoon on Sunday, possesses the ideal mindset to succeed at the highest level: he wants to hear people talk about him; he wants to be an internationally recognised name; he wants to be noticed on the pitch; most importantly, however, he wants to be the best, and anybody who has watched him progress this season will tell you that the Frenchman will quickly return to his usual self.

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