Date of publication: Monday, January 14, 2019 8:28
Paul Pogba feels rejuvenated by Manchester United interim coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and was hurt by José Mourinho's mistrust and "difficult" approach.
A month after being left on the bench in a Liverpool defeat that proved to be Portugal's final match in command, the 25-year-old produced another display as well United won 1-0 at Tottenham on Sunday.
After being named Manchester United's best player in December, Pogba's exceptional pass put Marcus Rashford ahead at the end of the first half – his fourth Premier League tour since Solskjaer took over as interim manager.
The France midfielder also scored four goals in that period and is thriving with a coach who gave him the freedom to express himself.
I'm enjoying playing football Pogba said.
"It was difficult in the system Mourinho), the tactics we use to play.
"I like being more aggressive, pressing, playing loud. Defender is not my best attribute. "
Pogba told Sky Sports: "That's what the manager told me to do – go in the box, get goals because you get goals."
"My best example is Frank Lampard. He is the one who made the races and created many chances, he scored many goals, so if I can do that, I can affect the game.
"Everything comes when you're free and you have the confidence of the manager and the players to make it easy for me too."
Pogba was directly involved in 53 percent of United's 15 Premier League goals since Solskjaer took over – the result of receiving the platform to shine and show why the club made him the most expensive player in the world in 2016.
"I know (Nemanja) Matic is there," he added.
"I know we can push hard and when we get the ball, I can shoot, I can pass and that's what we've been doing since the new coach arrived."
"I know I have security behind me and I'm free to go, so that helps me.
"The season is still marked and we want to get back to the top, back where we belong."