Jose Mourinho warned Paul Pogba can’t play two Man United roles
Danny Higginbotham warns the Manchester United manager is told that Paul Pogba can't play as both a playmaker and a defensive midfielder
Paul Pogba can’t play two different roles in the Manchester United, Danny Higginbotham has warned Jose Mourinho.
The Red Devils boss has been publicly shaming his record signing in recent weeks following his premature substitutions in losses to Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Mourinho has been utilising Pogba as part of a two-man midfield but the France international has struggled to cope with both attacking and defensive responsibilities.
The 24-year-old was caught on camera having a heated debate with Mourinho during Manchester United’s 2-0 loss at Tottenham at the end of January.
Pogba was partly culpable for Matt Richie’s winner at St James’ Park last weekend before the Portuguese coach hauled off his record signing.
While the French playmaker has produced some exciting attacking performances this season, the ex-Juventus star has struggled to carry out his defensive duties.
But former Manchester United defender Higginbotham believes a player capable of playing like both N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard would cost £500m in the current transfer market.
“Pogba has been asked to do two roles and I don’t think you can, unless you’ve got [N’Golo] Kante and [Eden] Hazard and you roll them up into one, and create that player who will probably cost you around £500m,” Higginbotham told Sky Sports. “They don’t exist now.
“Would you play Hazard as a centre-forward or would you play him deeper? There’s no comparison between the two.
“It’s not to say he can’t perform in a different position as he’s a world-class player, but you should play your best players in their best positions.”
Manchester United signed Serbia international Nemanja Matic in a £40m deal from defending Premier League champions Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils will take on Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday afternoon.