Jamie Redknapp questions Man United manager’s handling of Paul Pogba
The Liverpool FC legend believes Jose Mourinho has a responsibility to help Man United record signing Paul Pogba
Jamie Redknapp has criticised Jose Mourinho’s approach to getting the best out of Paul Pogba.
The France international was substituted in the second half of Manchester United’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Mourinho criticised Pogba’s role in Matt Ritchie’s winner to continue to single out the club’s record signing.
The pair were caught on camera having a heated debate during Manchester United’s 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur before he was replaced minutes later at Wembley.
Mourinho omitted Pogba from his starting line-up for their 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town before their loss to the Magpies.
The French midfielder has struggled to find consistency since his return to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in 2016.
However, former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp doesn’t believe Mourinho is doing Pogba any favours with his treatment of the midfielder.
“I can’t believe we’ve got to this situation so quickly, because when he got sent off against Arsenal, everyone was rolling out the stats that Manchester United can’t play without him,” Redknapp told The Debate on Sky Sports on Tuesday night.
“Everyone said that he was indispensable but now everyone is saying he’s useless again. When things are good, he’s the best player in the world. And now because of his price tag he’s getting slaughtered.
“I think Mourinho has a big responsibility with him, it’s his job. Everyone expects him to be this big confident player, but I think deep down he needs to be loved.
“Taking him off against Tottenham, that’s not how you’re going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low.
“I’m not saying you need to pander to him but I don’t see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers. I just don’t think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him.
“Pep’s the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels like he’s taking him on. This isn’t a kid he’s dealing with, he’s one of the biggest assets in world football.”
Pogba scored two goals and made two assists in his opening four Premier League games of the season before the French midfielder suffered a hamstring injury.
The club record signing has netted three times and has also created nine goals for his team-mates in the current campaign.
Manchester United are in second place in the Premier League table but two points adrift of Liverpool FC.