Gary Pallister insists Man United star Paul Pogba can be like Liverpool FC legend
The Manchester United legend is confident that Paul Pogba can emulate Steven Gerrard
Gary Pallister believes Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba is capable of emulating Liverpool FC legend Steven Gerrard.
The France international has endured a difficult season season at Old Trafford despite scoring two goals and making two assists in their opening four Premier League games.
Pogba suffered a hamstring problem in September to sideline the French midfielder for two months before his return in a 4-1 win against Newcastle United at Old Trafford back in November.
Jose Mourinho substituted Pogba during losses at Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur to put the spotlight on the club record signing’s disappointing performances.
The Manchester United boss omitted Pogba from his starting line-up for their 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town and a goalless draw with Sevilla last month.
Mourinho’s treatment of Pogba fuelled reports of a potential feud between the Manchester United manager and his record signing.
However, Pallister has played down talk of a fallout between the pair before the Manchester United legend added Pogba has the attributes to emulate Gerrard.
“He’s a physical, imposing midfielder,” Pallister told Sportingbet.
“I think he prefers to play on the left-hand side of the midfield three. It’s not when he’s on the ball, it’s when he’s off the ball that’s the issue. He’s got great vision, but without the ball, he looks uncomfortable. He can be like Gerrard, he has all the attributes but he needs to work on his play off the ball. He’s going to need to improve his work rate.
“As a team, Jose is trying to make them better without the ball, pressing higher up the pitch and winning the second balls, but it’s not something they’re good at currently. He wants more discipline and that’s why he dropped Pogba. I think that the rumours of rifts are rubbish, and he displayed against Chelsea that he had a bit of fire in his belly. He kept the ball and joined up with the attack, which is when he’s at his best.
“I learnt under Sir Alex that you have do as the manager says and if you don’t you’ll get left outside.”
Pogba moved to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Red Devils sold Pogba to Juventus in an £800,000 deal under Sir Alex Ferguson in 2012.