At times, though, watching the Red Devils hasn’t been all that enjoyable; and the game against West Ham United last night was another example of that.
It’s just slow, lethargic and pretty dull. Following the game, former United right-back Gary Neville slated the midfield duo of Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay. The former has been far too inconsistent according to Neville, whereas McTominay just isn’t good enough on the ball. He does hint at a future role for the Lancaster-born man though…
“Pogba has fallen short in terms of quality [this season], far too inconsistent.” Neville is quoted as saying by The Sun.
“McTominay, when I watch him, I’m not sure he’s actually good enough on the ball to be a Man United midfield player.
“I do think he’s the type that it’s good for him to play games in there.”
“But I do wonder whether if actually he’s got more of a position at centre-back eventually, the physicality that he has. He’s a big lad.”
Pogba simply has no excuses. This is his second season in United colours now, and although he’s been great on occasion, the consistency just hasn’t been there. You have to be concerned at this point, and I find myself wondering if the high-level performances, week-in-week-out, are ever going to come.
McTominay is young and still learning. He’s been in and out of the team which is always tough to do, but I do think there is something about him that I like. I don’t think he’ll ever be anything more than a squad player, but I certainly do see his uses, particularly under a manager like Mourinho.
I do agree with Neville about the possibility of him moving to centre-back though. He certainly has the stature to do that, it’s just whether he can adapt his game to play as a central defender; because learning how to read the game from the back, while positioning yourself correctly isn’t easy.