Mark Lawrenson: Man United star hasn’t been the same player since injury

The Liverpool legend believes Paul Pogba has struggled for Manchester United since recovering from a hamstring problem

Man United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Mark Lawrenson believes Paul Pogba’s season has been derailed by the Manchester United midfielder’s hamstring problem back in September.

The France international made a blistering start to his second campaign back at Old Trafford after Pogba scored two goals and two assists in his opening three top-flight outings.

However, Pogba was forced off with a hamstring problem in a 3-0 win over Basel in the Champions League back in September.

The 24-year-old was sidelined for two months before Pogba returned to the Red Devils side for their 4-1 win against Newcastle United back in November.

The French star has struggled to find consistency throughout the 2017-18 season so far with impressive performances against Arsenal, Everton and Stoke City.

Pogba was relegated to the bench for Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the weekend after the Red Devils lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur last week.

Former Liverpool star Lawrenson believes Pogba has struggled to find consistency in recent months due to his injury problems earlier in the season.

“He was poor at Wembley,” Lawrenson told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I don’t think he has been the same player since he did his hamstring earlier in the season.

“Before that, he was playing really well and he looked like the player you bought from Juventus.”

Manchester United signed Pogba in a club record £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in 2016 after the French midfielder moved to the Italian side in an £800,000 deal in 2012.

Pogba won the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season back at Manchester United.

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