Charlie Nicholas issues stern Man United warning over Paul Pogba
Former Arsenal midfielder explains why Paul Pogba is escaping criticism at Manchester United
Charlie Nicholas has warned Manchester United that it could take some time for Paul Pogba to settle at Old Trafford.
The France international completed a world-record £89m move to the 20-time English champions from Serie A giants Juventus in the summer transfer window in August.
Pogba scored his first United goal last month after the 23-year-old netted the Red Devils’ fourth goal in a 4-1 victory over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City.
However, the French star has struggled to have a telling impact on United’s games against Hull City, Manchester City and Watford.
And former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas believes Pogba would be coming under heavy criticism if the world-record signing was a United youth graduate.
“Pogba does not understand – at least he doesn’t appear to – that he can play his part in a disciplined team,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“It’s all about him and Zlatan Ibrahimovic linking up at the moment, and his constant shots from 30 yards.
“If he was an academy youngster coming into the team, people would be screaming and moaning at him but because he’s new and £89m, you let him off. He is allowed to just do what he wants.
“It will click eventually, and it might click soon, but I’ve got a feeling it will take a bit of time.”
United played out a 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Old Trafford after former Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils are in sixth place in the Premier League table and five points behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side.