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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs to take more responsibility - Matic

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba needs to take more responsibility, according to his teammate Nemanja Matic.

Pogba, 25, arrived from Juventus for a world record fee of £89.3 million in 2016 but has struggled in the Premier League despite some eye-catching displays.

And Matic believes that he has the skills to be a top player if he can assert himself on the pitch.

"With his quality, personality, he needs to have more confidence, needs to take more responsibility," the 29-year-old told reporters.

"Of course he's still young, he can improve and he will improve and he showed in this game [against Man City] that he always can play better and better. He take responsibility, he scored and give to other players more confidence -- after his first goal we started to believe we can do something. It is exactly what he has to do.

"He is a great player. He runs a lot, has the quality with ball, he can score, he can defend also very well."

Meanwhile, manager Jose Mourinho challenged Pogba to maintain a level of consistency.

The Frenchman impressed in the midweek win at Bournemouth and Mourinho liked what he saw.

"I told him after Manchester City that I'm not expecting him to be the Man of the Match every match," Mourinho said at his news conference on Friday, ahead of the Emirates FA Cup semifinal against Tottenham Hotspur.

"I'm not expecting him to be phenomenal every match, because that is really, really difficult, but to keep a certain level, that's the challenge. That's obvious.

"I think he was phenomenal against Manchester City. I think he was not good against West Bromwich Albion and again I think he was phenomenal against Bournemouth.

"If, against Manchester City, you have the two goals that people can say 'wow, super decisive', I think he played even better against Bournemouth since minute one. He was even more consistent, even more in control of the game. I think he was really, really good."

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