Manchester United made it into the EFL Cup final by the skin of their teeth yesterday, as Jose Mourinho’s men lost 2-1 on the night but came through 3-2 on aggregate. The work was done in the first leg, but the lads have to be careful because they came very close to letting it slip (ala Steven Gerrard).
Thankfully, the Red Devils managed to hang on, and they’ll meet Southampton in the final. The man who scored the all-important goal in the tie was Paul Pogba, as he found the back of the net midway through the second half. However, the £89million man still took some slack in the media for an all-round poor performance.
“I thought he was like the rest of the Man United players, I thought he was very average.” Phil Neville is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
“I thought it was a real poor performance from all of the United team. There wasn’t really a stand-out player in the United XI today and Pogba was part of that.”
Sadly for Paul Pogba, that hefty price tag will always weigh him down somewhat. When the whole team performs poorly, everyone will immediately look to him because of the pressure of such a monumental transfer fee; and that’ll never change.
I suppose it comes with the territory, but sometimes you do feel sorry for him because he’ll play ten good games, and as soon as he puts a foot wrong, the media of the world will always deem him overrated and too expensive.
He’s a great player at the end of the day, and he’ll know all the ins and outs of the modern game and what it’s like to play under such scrutiny. I’ll stand by him right now, because he has been pretty good for us for the most part, and he’ll only improve.