Graeme Souness has taken aim at Paul Pogba ahead of Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday.
The Sky Sports pundit has been one of Pogba’s biggest critics since the Frenchman’s £89m return to Old Trafford in August 2016, taking exception to his attitude among other traits and aspects of his game.
Writing in his Sunday Times column this weekend, the former Newcastle manager has once again singled out Pogba for criticism as he looks set to return to Man United’s starting line-up after last week’s benching:
“Paul Pogba is capable of great things, but a country mile from being a great player. That distinction is due to his inability to grasp the responsibility that comes with being a central midfielder. He is 24 now and an £89m signing, yet he still doesn’t understand what is required to play that position properly.
“Mourinho substituted him in the defeat away to Tottenham after their animated exchange on the touchline at Wembley, then left him out of his starting line-up for last weekend’s win over Huddersfield, so he’s clearly not happy with aspects of Pogba’s game. Maybe that will make the message finally sink in, but I doubt it.
“You cannot rely on him. Against the lesser teams you’ll get away with it, but against the better teams you’re not going to….He plays like a schoolboy running after the ball in the playground.”
Mourinho felt the need to defend Pogba from criticism this week with the likes of former Man United players Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney suggesting that the current midfield setup in the team wasn’t making the most of his ability, with his form suffering as a result.
Pogba returns to the Man United starting lineup just in time for what is set to be a pivotal period in the club’s season. In addition to trying to solidify that runners-up sot in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho’s side will also be looking to progress in the FA Cup and Champions League in the next couple of weeks when they face Huddersfield Town and Sevilla respectively.