Watford goal hero Juan Camilo Zuniga believes Paul Pogba will come good under Jose Mourinho sooner rather than later, despite a slow start to life at Manchester United. The Napoli loanee overshadowed Pogba and the other Red Devils on Sunday (18 September), coming off the bench to lead the Hornets to a deserved 3-1 victory by scoring the second goal and winning a penalty for the third.
The 30-year-old became familiar with Pogba's talents during his time at Napoli and Bologna, before he swapped Serie A for the Premier League over the summer. The Colombian is yet to start a game for Watford as he settles in to the change of pace in English football.
However, he made the most of his eight-minute cameo against United as the Hornets gave Mourinho his third consecutive defeat.
While Zuniga emerged as the hero behind Watford's victory, Pogba was once again dragged as a scapegoat following another shaky performance. But the Colombian told IBTimes UK after the game that the former Juventus star would return to his best form before too long.
"I know Pogba from Italy. He is a top player. Little by little he will adapt to the Premier League. It is normal that he is not giving his best yet after the holidays, but he is a player who will make the difference for United through the season," Zuniga said, while playing down concerns about his inefficiency in middle of the park along Marouane Fellaini. "I don't now whether that is his best position. It is up to Mourinho to decide where Pogba should play. But he is a great manager so and I'm sure he is going to try to get the best out of Pogba."
Zuniga faced off against the Portuguese boss during the later's successful spell with Inter Milan. Indeed, the Colombian was spotted shaking hands with the United gaffer just before he came on to the pitch.
"I know him from Italy, we just shook hands and talked about the past, but I was only thinking about doing my best for Watford," he added. "We were just joking, asking how each other was. When I came on, I wanted to give everything against Manchester United. When I go on the pitch I am professional."
The Watford star believes the Hornets showed Manchester United that teamwork is more important than individual talent. The Colombian revealed manager Walter Mazzarri told his charges to focus on minimising the talent of Mourinho's players to win the game.
"We know that Manchester United are a team that have a lot of quality players. If you give them space they can make the difference so the idea was to remain aggressive until the end but also try to keep the ball," the summer signing added. "During the first half we had very good chances to score even more goals. But in the second part, in the first ten minutes, they started to have the possession and created us more problems."
However, Watford weathered that storm and eventually secured their first win over the Red Devils since Graham Taylor and Ron Atkinson were managing the clubs in the 1980s.
"That is the mentality from our manager Walter Mazzarri, a winning mentality," he said. "We don't need to look at the name on the shirts against Manchester United or Chelsea or Arsenal, we just try to do our best. That is what the manager wants, he wants a winning mentality where we go onto the pitch and we don't ever look at the name on the back of the shirt. We do our job the best we can."