Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Feyenoord on Thursday was arguably the club’s worst performance under new manager Jose Mourinho.
United were lacklustre and underwhelming in a forgettable 90 minutes in Rotterdam and world record signing Paul Pogba received the majority of the post-match scorn with former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes claiming that the former Juventus star is ‘all over the place at times.’
The 23-year-old midfielder is widely revered for his composure and calmness in midfield but former Liverpool forward and Feyenoord winger Dirk Kuyt has said that Pogba was screaming and shouting at his teammates during the loss.
“All I heard during the first half against United was Pogba screaming and shouting at his own players,” Kuyt told the Mirror.
“When it was half-time, he was shouting at them all even louder. He was screaming at them, about the things which were not going right for the team.”
Pogba was hailed by many following his Manchester United debut against Southampton last month but it’s been an indifferent run since for the £89 million midfielder after forgettable performances against Manchester City and Feyenoord.
Pogba’s exorbitant transfer fee from Juventus has accompanied much of the player’s criticism while at United, but manager Jose Mourinho has encouraged the player to try and forget about the fee and instead focus on rediscovering his form after a long summer with France at Euro 2016.
“The world-record player is always a question, but I want Paul to forget that,” said Mourinho (via the BBC).
“He played in the Euro 2016 final, went on holiday, then had no pre-season. It is normal after the first game he has a little decrease.
“I am full of trust because I know he is a good guy with a lot of ambition, so the form will come naturally.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena