Mourinho discusses Manchester United recruitment of Pogba with Goal

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Despite the 2-1 loss in the Manchester Derby, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is enjoying his time as Red Devils’ boss.

It’s a busy if not chaotic start to his reign, with the summer recruitment drive hauling in Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan amongst others.

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Mourinho says it was particularly difficult to woo Pogba, who was being pursued by another club (Cough, Real Madrid, cough).

Here’s what he said from an interview with Goal.com:

“Oh! It was hard to convince him,” Mourinho told Goal. “I had many [conversations] on the phone, lots of SMS. I think he was getting one in the morning from the manager from another big club and one in the afternoon from myself. I had to try hard to convince him to choose us instead of the other one.”

Mourinho also dropped this nugget on the Champions League without United: “”The Champions League without Manchester United is not the Champions League and Manchester United without the Champions League is not Manchester United. So this is the first big step.”

It’s a solid interview by Peter Staunton. Follow him here.