Graeme Souness delivers scathing assessment of Man United star
The Liverpool FC legend is critical of Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba
Graeme Souness has accused Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba of playing “schoolboy” football.
The France international has been the subject of criticism in recent weeks following an inconsistent run of results.
Manchester United lost 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley at the end of January when Mourinho and Pogba were involved in a heated debate on the touchline before his premature substitution.
The club’s record signing started the Red Devils’ 2-0 win against Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford on the bench.
Mourinho restored Pogba to his starting line-up last weekend but the Frenchman was withdrawn for the second time in three games after his role in Newcastle’s winner at St James’ Park.
Former Liverpool FC captain Souness has been an outspoken critic of Pogba since his £89m move to Manchester United from Serie A giants Juventus in 2016.
But the retired Scotland international lifted the lid on his concerns about the Manchester United midfielder.
“For Mourinho and United, it’s about finding the right position for him, but he isn’t a playmaker,” Souness told The Sunday Times.
“If you’re looking for a central midfielder who recognises danger, fills spaces and doesn’t drift out of position, he’s not going to do that for you.
“When he’s asked to do a job centrally, he’s forever straying towards the touchline trying to get on the ball. A central midfielder should never be in areas wider than the penalty box, unless they are out there to confront danger defensively.
“Pogba empties that central area far too readily. He will do something clever in the final third, but will be absent when his back four are under the cosh. He plays like a schoolboy running after the ball in the playground.”
Pogba helped Manchester United to win the Europa League and the League Cup in his first season back at Old Trafford last term.
The record signing has scored three goals and has made nine assists in 17 games in the Premier League this term.