Manchester United broke the world transfer record to land Paul Pogba over the summer, with the 23-year-old making his debut against Southampton and looking sharp. In the two games he has played in since then, the French midfielder has struggled – particularly against City’s high-pressing game.
Last night on Monday Night Football, Jamie Carragher wasn’t afraid to slate United’s £89million man, and you have to admit, he’s right.
“Two wingers really wide, Silva and De Bruyne the key players in the system, which is what they’ve been doing all season.” Carragher began.
“I think it wasn’t Pep Guardiola that got it right. It was Mourinho that got it wrong.”
“The performance of Paul Pogba: It was ill-disciplined. He was like a kid in the schoolyard, running where he wants and doing what he wants.”
“I felt so sorry for Marouane Fellaini. The space in the centre of that pitch and he was left on his own by Pogba.
“He’s either got it wrong or Jose Mourinho’s given him licence to get forward.”
Whilst it is painful to see Paul Pogba taking some stick, you find it hard to disagree with Carragher. For the first 45 minutes, Pogba was completely out of the game, and whenever he got the ball he seemed to lose it almost instantly.
The second half seemed to suit him much better as he was allowed more freedom due to the extra protection Ander Herrera offered when he was subbed on – but he still wasn’t great.
It is nice to see Marouane Fellaini getting defended for a change, though. The big Belgian has been pretty good at the start of the season, but some United fans are still getting on his back.