Manchester United Football Club lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge for the second time of the season last night, and were subsequently dumped out of the FA Cup. The loss would have hurt Jose Mourinho and his players, and one man, in particular, is getting some stick afterwards.
That player is Paul Pogba. It’s fair to say that the fans are divided regarding the 23-year-old Frenchman if these tweets about his performance are anything to go by.
Now, former player-turned-pundit Andy Walker has had his say on the situation, and it’s clear he isn’t happy with Pogba either. The Scot has suggested that he is in danger of just becoming a brand, and also discussed what our midfielder could do to become as good as N’Golo Kante – who ran the show last night.
“He’s in danger of just becoming a brand,” Walker told Sky Sports.
“I don’t see him as a defensive midfielder, I don’t see him as a goalscoring player.”
“He’s got a lot of talent but he’s got his own emojis now, a big circus around him, you see all the advertising boards around the ground and it’s all to do with Pogba and the brand.”
“[He needs to] get back to concentrating on trying to become as good as Kante, trying to be the player Kante is, stopping the opposition, driving forward, showing how good you are in an athletic sense, get up the pitch, carry the ball 50-60 yards, give your team-mates a chance to make an impact in the game.”
Alright, I’m going to defend Pogba here. Last night, he was going against one of the best teams in the country right now, and his midfield partner was sent off so he was doing the work of two players.
However, it’s definitely fair to say his season as a whole hasn’t been anywhere near good enough. When we signed him over the summer, big things were expected. We’ve seen flashes of his brilliance, but there has been so many times where Pogba has just gone missing – and more often than not it’s been against the so-called ‘bigger sides’.
I’ve no doubts that he will improve. This first season was never going to be easy and it will take some time for him to adjust to the Premier League. Under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, he’s too good of a footballer to fail, and our boss will stick with his star man.