It was another miserable afternoon for Paul Pogba.
The Manchester United midfielder is really going through it at the moment, struggling to convince the average fan that he’s really worth the hype, while the likes of Graeme Souness have openly criticised the Frenchman in recent weeks.
In an article for the the Sunday Times, Souness described Pogba as “a country mile from being a great player”, going onto say: “When he’s asked to do a job centrally, he’s forever straying towards the ball.
“A central midfielder should never be in areas wider than the penalty box, unless they are out there to confront danger defensively.
“When your side are in possession you should always be thinking: ‘If it breaks down, I’m out of the game.’
“Pogba empties that central area far too readily, he will do something clever in the final third, but will be absent when his back four are under the cosh.
“He plays like a schoolboy running after the ball in the playground.”
You think that’s bad? It only got worse for him against Newcastle.
The 24-year-old, who got into a rather public row with Jose Mourinho on the touchline in the defeat against Spurs just over a week ago and was subsequently dropped for the game against Huddersfield, had a dismal afternoon against the Magpies.
Having seemingly picked up a knock during the warm-up ahead of kick-off, Pogba was thrown into the starting line-up for the game but there was clearly something wrong with him.
His overall reading and understanding of the game from midfield looked non-existent, leaving Mourinho no choice but to haul off the £89million player and replace him with Michael Carrick on the 65th minute.
He didn’t look too happy about it, did he?
Something’s clearly not right with him at the moment; either Pogba’s going through a bad-patch or Mourinho’s playing him incorrectly.
We can really see the two falling out sometime soon.
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