POG VERDICT The World Cup winner was recalled by Mourinho after being benched for the last two games Paul Pogba returned to the Manchester United starting line-up for their Champions League clash against Valencia – but it was another night to forget for him and his team-mates. The France midfielder, who was benched for the…
The World Cup winner was recalled by Mourinho after being benched for the last two games
Paul Pogba returned to the Manchester United starting line-up for theirChampions Leagueclash against Valencia – but it was another night to forget for him and his team-mates.
The France midfielder, who was benched for the last two games by Jose Mourinho, was very disappointing throughout as the Red Devils missed out on top spot in Group H – following Juventus’ defeat against Young Boys.
Pogba’s night was summed up perfectly by the glaring miss from three yards out – which was easier to score – in the first half with United trailing 1-0.
Speaking after the game, Jose Mourinho said it was “job done” from his side as they qualified for the knockout stages – but he can’t be happy with what he saw – particularly from the likes of Pogba.
Marcus Rashford was only on the pitch for a little over half an hour and showed more desire and quality than Pogba did for the entire 90 minutes.
He was a mere passenger throughout the game, with the 25-year-old unable to deal with the powerful Geoffrey Kondogbia and silky Daniel Parejo combo in midfield.
On this evidence his former side Juventus will do well to steer clear of Pogba – who yet again failed to justify his £90m price tag.
Paul Ince toldtalkSPORT earlier todaythat he believes the midfielder will leave the club in January – and that would be best for all parties.
United fans have had enough of him, and probably a lot of the United squad.
Only so much blame can be laid at the door of Jose Mourinho. Tonight was diabolical – and Pogba and co must stand up and take responsibility.
A World Cup winner who has the ability that Pogba has should be driving the team forward on nights like this – not wilting under pressure.
Speaking on BT Sport, Michael Owen insists Pogba he would be a far better player if he was onManchester Cityor Liverpool’s books.
He said: “He could do a lot worse than just go and watch a lot of Paul Scholes videos.
“If he was playing under Guardiola or Klopp, we’d be looking at one of the best in the world.”
It’s a pity that Pogba hasn’t proved this while playing for one of the biggest and most successful clubs in world football.
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