has baked to fulfil his potential at but claims he cannot use his relationship with as an excuse for his sub-standard performances.
The France international admitted he was guilty of a lack of focus during his side’s shock defeat at Brighton last weekend and claimed he would be fined were he to reveal all about his relationship with Mourinho following United’s opening weekend win over Leicester City.
Mourinho invited Untied’s stand-in captain to clarify his recent comments ahead of Monday’s clash wit Tottenham at Old Trafford, but Rooney, who played alongside Pogba during his two spells at the club, insists his former teammate must concentrate solely on his performances on the pitch.
Paul Pogba on Brighton defeat
‘My attitude was not right. It has to be a big lesson for us. They had more hunger than us. I put myself first, that my attitude wasn’t right enough. We made mistakes we shouldn’t make.
‘We tried to push and push, we kept trying, but it was a bit too late.’
‘He is a fantastic player but he has to do it for himself,’ he told CNN World Sport.
‘If they’re going to win the title, he’ll be the main player in terms of them doing that.
‘You hear a lot of people saying Jose Mourinho needs to get the best out of him but he needs to do it for himself and prove he’s at that level to help Man United.’