Almost two years ago now, Manchester United spent £89million to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been largely inconsistent since his return ‘home’, but we have seen glimpses of his immense abilities; take his derby-day showing, for instance.
However, as fans, we’ve been left wanting more from our star man. Sometimes, he doesn’t show up whatsoever, instead, he goes missing or plays loose passes, while giving possession away far too cheaply.
Now, former Arsenal striker-turned-pundit, Jeremie Aliadiere has had his say on the situation. The Frenchman is placing the blame firmly at Jose Mourinho’s doorstep.
“When you train with a manager day in, day out you get that momentum, and if that manager doesn’t let you play the way you want to play football, it’s difficult to switch as soon as you get in the French squad.” talkSPORT quote Aliadiere as saying.
“The players that are performing now have been performing all year, and they’ve been ready and training all year. It’s not just ‘here’s the World Cup. I haven’t performed all season for Man United, but now I’m going to do it for France’.
“I remember him at Juventus, before he joined Man United, and he was a completely different player.
“I’m feeling a bit that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really give him what he needs to get to the next level, and to carry on performing like he used to.”
Let’s have it right, Mourinho is a world-class manager in his own right. However, he does play football in a completely different style. It’s no secret that the self-proclaimed Special One focuses on the defensive side of the game, but that doesn’t mean midfielders cannot shine under him; just look at how good Frank Lampard was when he was in charge at Chelsea.
Personally, I feel as if Pogba should be looking at himself first and foremost. Perhaps he’s just trying too hard, maybe he’s just not suited to the Premier League style. Who knows, but it’s down to the player to change that.