He is looking forward to the day, which he thinks will come in the next few months, when Paul Pogba is no longer the most expensive footballer in history.
He is looking forward to the point when the Frenchman’s £89million fee is seen as cheap, not extortionate.
The numbers may seem huge, but Jose Mourinho is convinced that they will only get bigger and that Pogba, with his youth, athletic ability and footballing prowess, is far more gifted than his possible successors as the world’s costliest player.
The Manchester United manager said: “I am pretty sure that next summer some players with only half his quality probably will cost the same money or more, so I am waiting for that moment to release him from the scrutiny.”
Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba won't be the world's most expensive footballer for long
Mourinho claimed there is too much scrutiny on Paul Pogba
Because while United recently celebrated Wayne Rooney setting one record – as their highest-ever goalscorer – Mourinho can’t wait for Pogba to lose another. The burden has weighed heavily on the midfielder.
Mourinho added: “He has phenomenal conditions but I think the scrutiny on him is hard. When he plays very, very well, which he does many, many times, people think it is normal, yet when he has a game when he is not so happy and he doesn’t perform so well, pundits and even supporters go strong on him. But that's the price of his price."
Not that Mourinho regrets paying that fee. He thinks he was a visionary for realising Pogba is worth so much.
He explained: “I think in a couple of years you will realise he was cheap but I have to admit that not many clubs have this vision of anticipation of what can happen in the near future. A few years ago £25m was a phenomenal player. Tonight £25m is not even a player. It is a prospect of a player.
Man United stars snapped relaxing before Blackburn clash
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Manchester United duo Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jesse Lingard were snapped relaxing on Saturday before their FA Cup clash against Blackburn on Sunday
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Jesse Lingard and Bastian Schweinsteiger were snapped out and about today
Now, if you want to buy a good prospect, a good 20-year-old player that can be fantastic, you are paying as if the player is already a big player.”
While Pogba cost a historic sum, Chris Smalling reckons United’s winning mentality has been restored by two men who did not need a transfer fee: Mourinho and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
After only winning one major trophy since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United are chasing glory on four fronts and could win the season’s first silverware in next Sunday’s EFL Cup final.
Mourinho arrived at Old Trafford having won eight league titles and two Champions Leagues, while Ibrahimovic won 12 leagues in 13 years.
“Both are born winners,” said defender Smalling. “You definitely can sense it in the dressing room.
“Having that calibre of players and managers can make all the difference.”