Manchester United’s midfield struggles have been evident recently, with Jose Mourinho’s me getting overrun by Tottenham Hotspur and bullied by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey.
The main reason behind that? Some inexplicably poor form coming from Paul Pogba, who’s supposed to be the guy who runs the show for the Red Devils.
Former United man Paul Parker has been speaking out on the situation, and he’s urged Pogba to prove people wrong. Obviously, that’s not going to be easy, but under Mourinho’s guidance, the Frenchman will get there in the end, I’ve no doubt about that.
“What he said when he re-signed was ‘I am back to prove people wrong’,” Parker told Sky Sports.
“That should be his ethos now – to go out there and do it. The papers are talking about how he is telling Manchester United and Mourinho what he wants to do.
“Those kind of headlines shouldn’t be there. People are either making it up or he has kind of said that to somebody and it has got out.
“His point should be I won’t to prove people wrong. He has come for a lot of money, the easy road out is to come out and say ‘I am not happy and I want this and that’.
“The [best] way is to go out there and prove people wrong and go show them you can adapt, change and prove that what Manchester United paid is worth it because you are not a one-trick pony.”
Parker gets it absolutely spot on. Pogba has looked like a one-trick pony at times this season, particularly when the pressure is on. This isn’t the player that Manchester United expected when they paid £89million to sign him, and it has to be a team effort to change that.
Whether it be down to a switch in formation, or a change in attitude from the player I honestly don’t care. Something isn’t right with the 24-year-old, but with huge games against Sevilla just on the horizon, we need Pogba back to his brilliant best as soon as possible.