Paul Scholes: Why I wasn’t surprised Man United boss dropped Paul Pogba

Man United legend Paul Scholes wasn't surprised that Jose Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba from his starting XI at Sevilla

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Paul Scholes admits he wasn’t surprised that Jose Mourinho dropped Paul Pogba for Manchester United’s goalless draw with Sevilla on Wednesday night.

Mourinho left Pogba on the bench for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash in Spain after the Manchester United boss favoured Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay.

However, the Red Devils manager was forced to turn to Pogba midway through the first half when Herrera picked up an injury problem.

The Manchester United record signing helped the Red Devils to dig deep and leave Spain with a goalless stalemate ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford on Tuesday 13 March.

Pogba was substituted in Manchester United’s losses at Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur in their last two Premier League games on the road.

Red Devils legend Scholes has backed Pogba’s decision to omit from the Manchester United starting line-up for the last-16 clash against Sevilla on Wednesday night.

“There was no surprise that he left him out for me, because his last two or three performances haven’t been good enough,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“Mourinho probably couldn’t trust him against Sevilla. He came on and did alright. He wasn’t sensational.”

France international Pogba moved to Manchester United in a club record £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.

The Red Devils will welcome defending Premier League champions Chelsea FC in their next Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday evening.

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