Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is not impressed with the man currently filling his former position at Old Trafford.
Paul Pogba re-signed for United in 2016 having left the club as a teenager for Juventus with a heavy weight of expectation on his shoulders due to the then world record transfer fee of £89 million he came for. He had also just impressed for France on their journey to the final of Euro 2016 and been an integral part of Juventus’ rise to being recognised as one of Europe’s strongest sides again.
While he didn’t exactly set the world alight in his first season back in English football since he was a raw youngster, his performances for Jose Mourinho’s side were far from disastrous.
This season, the Frenchman started brightly and showed glimpses of real quality before picking up a hamstring injury which forced him into a prolonged stint on the treatment table and sidelines rather than in the middle of the Old Trafford park.
While out injured, United’s form took a dip and they now find themselves effectively too far behind league leaders and fiercest rivals Manchester City to form a competitive title race.
Since Pogba’s return, however, Mourinho’s men have not improved. They have lost to Bristol City in the League Cup and drawn three consecutive Premier League games with Leicester, Burnely and most recently Southampton.
Scholes was on hand to offer his analysis of the 0-0 Southampton draw at Old Trafford on BT Sport on Saturday night, where he expressed his frustration at Pogba’s displays of late. He questioned whether the 24-year-old is applying himself fully in training, if he is looking after himself properly away from the pitch, and admitted his bemusement at why he hasn’t consistently delivered the same level of performance that he did at Juventus since his arrival back in England.
Ultimately, though, Scholes feels that Pogba is being played in a position too deep and being asked by Mourinho to play in a way that is not his natural, or best, game. He explains if Pogba is pushed forward and freed of playmaking and defensive duties, we should see the world-class player his potential promises he can be.
Check it out for yourself in the clip below: