Jose Mourinho: Manchester United Boss in Paul Pogba Dig at Real Madrid and Barcelona

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane, London, January 1, 2015. Mourinho had a dig at former club Real Madrid and Barcelona after securing Paul Pogba's move to Manchester United. GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty

Jose Mourinho has taken a swipe at Real Madrid and Barcelona after claiming Paul Pogba would have been "in trouble" had he chosen the Spanish giants over Manchester United.

An hour before United beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Community Shield, the club released a statement saying Pogba's arrival from Juventus was imminent with a medical planned.

Despite reports that the fee would break the world record, Mourinho insisted he was unaware of the price but believes the Frenchman will be heading to the "perfect habitat."

"I think United is the perfect club to bring him to the level he wants to be," Mourinho said at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

"The Premier League is the perfect habitat for that. If he wants to be the best player in the world, if you go to Barcelona or Real Madrid, you are in trouble because I don't think the other two big guys will let you [be the best player].

"We have everything to give him and we know the reasons why he wants to come to us. Money he will get at any big club, that is not the point. He comes because he knows the club, the city, some of the players. He wants to be a big part of the Man United project."

Mourinho was manager at Real from 2010 through 2013 but had an acrimonious departure after falling out with the hierarchy at the Bernabeu.

Pogba is now set to head to United's Carrington training ground to complete a medical that should see him available for the Premier League curtain raiser at Bournemouth on Sunday.

The 23-year-old becomes Mourinho's fourth signing of the summer, and the Portuguese coach was clearly pleased to see United's business complete before the campaign begins.

"If he goes well in the medical [we will have Pogba]," Mourinho said. "Tuesday, I will be there waiting for him. A good market for us: [Eric] Bailly, Pogba, [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan, [Zlatan] Ibra[himovic]; one defender, one midfielder, one creative, one striker.

"So, I think the market was good for us."