Manchester United news: Paul Pogba admits he is struggling to adapt under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford

The 23-year-old is adjusting to Jose Mourinho’s conservative set-up at Old Trafford

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Paul Pogba has admitted that he is still adapting to life back at Manchester United after completing a world-record £89m return from Juventus this summer.

The 23-year-old is adjusting to Jose Mourinho’s set-up at Old Trafford, being utilised in a holding midfielder role in the 4-2-3-1 formation, but did manage to score his first goal of the season during the 4-1 rout of Leicester before the international break. 

Pogba hit the winning goal for France as Didier Deschamps’ men defeated the Netherlands in World Cup qualifying this week but he insists he is prepared to play wherever instructed.

“I try to adapt,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “I am a player who would rather go forward. The coach gave me instructions, I try to follow them.

“"I have to retrieve balls and make defensive efforts. It cost me a bit to play differently, much like [Andrea] Pirlo. I have to play, be there to recover and play more for the team.”

Meanwhile, United reportedly face paying Wayne Rooney up to £26m if they elect to pay-off the remaining 20 months on his contract after a poor start to the season. 

The 30-year-old was dropped to the bench by England interim manager Gareth Southgate for the World Cup qualifying stalemate with Slovenia on Tuesday while Mourinho, the United boss, has also reduced his role at Old Trafford in recent weeks.

Rooney is on £300,000-a-week at the 20-time champions of England and Mourinho and the wider United hierarchy are reportedly considering paying off the rest of his contract in the North West instead of waiting for a suitor to show their hand.