Mourinho Urges Pogba to Step up his Game

Paul Pogba has been urged by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho to make “a good impact” in their final Champions League group game at Valencia.

“I hope people like Paul, and a couple of others that are normally in the team have that number of miles that players need to be at that top level,” Mourinho said.

“I’m looking for him to play well and to have a good impact in the game and a good impact in the team – a team with many players that don’t have many miles on their legs.”

The Red Devils could finish top of their group if Juventus fail to beat Swiss side Young Boys in Bern.

Meanwhile, defender Eric Bailly can fight through a difficult spell at Old Trafford and become “very important” for the Premier League club, according to Valencia boss Marcelino.

Bailly, 24, could feature at the Mestalla after returning to training this week.

The Ivory Coast centre-back, who was managed by Marcelino at Villarreal before his £30m move to United in 2016, has struggled for games this season.

“I feel his youth will help him through these hard times,” Marcelino said.

Bailly has only made four Premier League starts this season and, after being substituted in the 19th minute against Newcastle in October, was not picked again by Mourinho for two months.

He was ruled out of recent matches against Southampton and Fulham because of injury, while he also missed a large portion of last season with an ankle injury.

“I was so lucky to have Eric as a footballer, as a player,” Marcelino said. “He’s an extraordinary player and an extraordinary person.

“I’m so sorry for his injuries, because I know his performances are conditioned by this. I know he is having a hard time and suffering when trying to have a stable rhythm in the team.

“I wish nothing but the best for him and he will be very important for United.

“I think he’s playing really well for United when he plays, but because of his injuries he’s not getting the luck he deserves.”