Paul Pogba’s name is one that seems unable to escape the headlines at present – whether it is the reported tensions between himself and Jose Mourinho, or the debate surrounding his best position in midfield.
The Manchester United midfielder has had a tough time as of late, going through a poor spell of form and as a result, being scrutinised in the media due to his £89 million price tag.
Ahead of United’s 0-0 draw with Sevilla on Wednesday night, in which Pogba was initially benched, the BT Sport panel of Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard had their say when it came to the Frenchman.
Scholes outlined why he feels that Mourinho may have lost some trust in the former Juventus man, stating that leaving his star player out of a European away game is something that speaks volumes in that regard.
The panel were unanimous in their agreement that Pogba withholds ability in abundance, both defensively and going forward – pointing to a recent 2-0 victory against Everton as his best game for the club.
That day he had licence to roam with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera planted behind him in a midfield trio.
The overall sentiment echoed by the former England quartet was that the system being adopted by Mourinho at present may not be getting the best out of Pogba.
However, with the pressure on his shoulders and the ability he possesses he should be more than capable of adapting to the system and altering his style in order for Manchester United to reap the rewards, according to the panel.
While Pogba went on to play for 75 minutes of the game, he looked a player devoid of confidence – and the thoughts of Lampard, Ferdinand and company could not apply more at present when it comes to the predicament.