Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at club legend Paul Scholes for his criticism of Paul Pogba.

After United’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Saturday, Scholes criticised Pogba over a perceived lack of effort.

According to Scholes, who won 11 league titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League twice for United, the Frenchman has yet to live up to the £89m fee United paid for him in 2016 and does not show enough effort on the pitch.

But after Pogba played an influential role in the 2-0 win over Everton on Monday, Mourinho hit back.

“I don’t think he [Scholes] comments. He criticises – which is a different thing,” Mourinho, according to the BBC, said after the Everton game.

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“Not everyone has to be phenomenal like he was. As a player he was phenomenal, but it doesn’t mean we all have to be phenomenal.

“Sometimes Pogba plays very well, sometimes he plays well and sometimes he doesn’t play well. Pogba tries his best all the time.

“It’s not Paul’s fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s not Paul Pogba’s fault, it’s just the way football is.”

Mourinho went on to bring up his own past managerial achievements when he added: “If Paul [Scholes] decides to be a manager one day, I wish that he can be 25% as successful as myself: 50% is 12-and-a-half silverware, 25% is around six [trophies].

“If he is 25% he will be quite happy.”

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Named Man of the Match, Pogba set up both of United’s goals at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day, pushing him onto seven Premier League assists for the season – more than any player managed at the club last campaign.

Scholes’ biggest complaint about Pogba at United is the way he puts himself about on the pitch, and the Frenchman has averaged fewer tackles per 90 minutes since rejoining the Red Devils (1.36 this season) than he did in his final season at Juventus (1.64).

However, Pogba has been a vital player for United in other aspects of the game, averaging 1.36 chances per 90 minutes, which has brought seven goals for teammates this term.

The Frenchman has also chipped in with goals himself at a better average than his past two seasons, with 0.31 goals scored per 90, compared to 0.17 in his first season at United and 0.24 with Juventus. Overall, he has three top-flight goals this term.

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Harry Edwards