Michael Owen delivers blunt verdict on Paul Pogba at Man United

Michael Owen believes that Paul Pogba has been underperforming for Manchester United this season

Michael Owen has admitted that he “feels sorry” for some of the Manchester United midfielders deployed alongside Paul Pogba this season.

The France international was criticised for his performances in the build-up to Thursday’s 4-1 Europa League win over Fenerbahce after failing to produce on a consistent basis for Jose Mourinho’s men since his world-record transfer back to the club.

Pogba responded to his critics by scoring two goals in a man-of-the-match display against Fenerbahce at Old Trafford on Thursday night and impressing for Mourinho’s side.

However, speaking before the Fenerbahce game, Owen outlined his view that Pogba’s below-par displays this season were affecting his team-mates.

Speaking on BT Sport on Thursday night, Owen said:”I feel sorry for some of the midfield players because some of them are not playing badly.

“Ander Herrera has been playing well and was probably the best player (against Liverpool). Marouane Fellaini has done alright when he has come in.

“The problem is that Pogba is not playing as well as he should be, so everybody else is taking the brunt of it and now they’re tying to find people to make Pogba play better. I’ve always said that Michael Carrick is that man.”

Pogba and Manchester United now turn their attentions towards their crunch Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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The Red Devils are currently in seventh place in the table and five points off top spot.

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