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Henry: Pogba needs time to adapt to the Premier League

October 26, 2016 5:02 AM
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Henry: Pogba needs time to adapt to the Premier League

Thierry Henry has leapt to the defense of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba after the France international's slow start to life back at Old Trafford.

Pogba rejoined United for a world-record transfer fee of 89 million pounds ($109M) in the summer, but has come in for some criticism following a handful of underwhelming performances.

Henry has backed his compatriot to come good, however, stressing that the 23-year-old needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

Speaking at a Puma event in Kolkata, the former Arsenal striker said: "I think that [Jose] Mourinho is still looking for his best XI, his best system.

"To talk about Paul Pogba, we are talking about a quality player. When I arrived in the Premier League, I didn't play well in the beginning. A lot of players don't play well in the beginning. It's a process, [but] nowadays the press and fans don't give a lot of time for people to adapt.

"Pogba needs to adapt. We all know the qualities he possesses. I think he can deliver. That's my personal opinion. Then it depends on Mourinho, he should know where or where not he used be playing. It's not an easy one, he [Mourinho] has also just arrived [and] he's also trying to learn about his player."

A 4-0 defeat by Chelsea on Sunday leaves United in seventh place in the Premier League ahead of Wednesday's EFL Cup clash with Manchester City.


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