Manchester United’s biggest game of the season takes place this weekend, as Jose Mourinho’s me head to Liverpool to take on Jurgen Klopp’s in-form side.
The game itself is going to be tough. The Red Devils are struggling at the moment, and you know that Mourinho will head to Merseyside with an intention to defend for 90 minutes. Keeping out Mohamed Salah and company for that long isn’t going to be easy, so they’ll be pressure aplenty on the defence.
Winning the midfield battle is key, but it doesn’t look as though Paul Pogba is going to be included in the game, particularly after another shocking performance against Valencia last time out.
Ex player-turned-pundit, Craig Bellamy, has had his say on the situation, and he believes the Frenchman should be left on the bench, while the Welshman also added that he doesn’t think Pogba is as good as everyone believes…
“Mourinho isn’t getting the best out of Pogba, that’s clear. There is a lack of interest from Pogba. His performance in Valencia was concerning.” Bellamy is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I’m not sure if he is as good as a lot of people make out.
“There’s a massive game on Sunday, Liverpool versus Manchester United is the biggest game in the Premier League between the teams who have won the most trophies, an incredible fixture.
“If you’re Mourinho, after Pogba’s performance today, it will be very difficult to say he has to play, he has to leave him out again.”
I’d love to say I disagree with Bellamy, but I just can’t. United, quite frankly, looked far better in the two games that he was on the bench for (Fulham & Arsenal at home).
For now, I’d make him sit out a while. Perhaps that’ll re-ignite the fire in his belly and he’ll want to prove everyone wrong.
It’s just frustrating watching him play. You look at the carelessness in possession, the way he doesn’t pay attention when doing the simple things, and the way he often loses the ball trying to win a one-on-one battle. That just won’t work against a Liverpool side who press from the front, so it’s probably better for everyone involved if we used him as a second-half substitute.