Gary Neville explains why Paul Pogba was dropped for Man United

Gary Neville discusses Jose Mourinho's decision to drop Paul Pogba for Manchester United's clash against Huddersfield on Saturday

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville Photo: The Sport Review

Gary Neville believes that Jose Mourinho opted to drop Paul Pogba for Manchester United’s clash with Huddersfield on Saturday to teach his squad a lesson.

The French midfielder, who has been a constant presence in the Manchester United team since his move from Juventus in 2016, was dropped to the bench for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash on Saturday.

Pogba did come off the bench to help Manchester United claim a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield and close the gap to Manchester City down to 13 points.

Mourinho was clearly not happy with Pogba’s performance for Manchester United in the 2-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur last week and he opted to bring him off in the second half at Wembley.

And former Manchester United defender Neville believes that he has a clear explanation for Mourinho’s decision to drop the France international on Saturday.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville said: “They are a far better team with him in it.

“But maybe Jose’s thought he needs a bit of a lesson and he needs to show him that he’s looking at the other night and he’s showing the dressing room.

“This could be a message to the dressing room saying, ‘I’m leaving out our most expensive player.

“‘I’m taking him out of the team because I need to show there’s a consequence of what they did on Wednesday night.’

“Sometimes managers have to show they are in control and that they haven’t got their favourites.

“It would seem that Pogba and Romelu Lukaku always play, irrespective of how well they play.

“Maybe he’s just thinking that after the other night, this is a good opportunity to send a message to the rest of the dressing room.

“Scott McTominay came in and maybe that’s another message to the rest of the club.

“They were poor against Spurs and he needed to send a message that it wasn’t good enough.”

Pogba will be hoping to be restored to the starting line-up for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action next weekend with a trip to Newcastle United.

The Red Devils will take on Spanish side Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month as they bid to reach the quarter-finals.

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