Paul Pogba has endured a difficult start to his second spell at Manchester United.
It is fair to say that Paul Pogba’s second coming hasn’t yet turned out to be what fans had been expecting when the French international signed for a world record fee in August.
Whether this has more to do with the performance of Pogba’s teammates, or the fact that he is being played out of position has been debated a great deal over the last few days. The very fact that we have yet to see the marauding midfielder we all expected, would suggest it maybe a bit of both.
However, according to The Sun, there maybe another reason why Pogba has yet to to demonstrate his true potential.
In contrast to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neil Ashton believes the French midfielder has yet to fully integrate with his teammates in the Old Trafford dressing room.
Indeed, not only has Ibrahimovic bought into the existing culture at United, but taken on a leadership role, setting new standards and demanding more of those around him. Conversely, Pogba’s “detached persona [is] causing ripples in the United dressing room”.
Worse still for United fans, Ashton reports that “Pogba has spent large amounts of his time reacquainting himself with Cheshire life instead of getting to grips with the stuff at the sharp end”.
This is particularly troubling, as Pogba’s £89 million transfer fee makes him almost untouchable at United.