Pundit challenges Paul Pogba to improve Man United performances

Garth Crooks wants Paul Pogba to improve his performances for Manchester United in their lesser their games

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Man United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Garth Crooks has challenged Paul Pogba to improve his performances in Manchester United’s lesser games.

The Red Devils star has endured a stop-start second season at Old Trafford following his club record £89m move from Juventus in 2016.

The Manchester United star scored two goals and made two assists in their opening four Premier League games of the season.

Pogba, though, suffered a serious knee problem to keep him sidelined for two months before he returned to first-team action back in November.

Jose Mourinho has criticised Pogba for his performances alongside Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park in recent months.

However, Pogba earned rave reviews from his manager for his performances in victories over Manchester City and Bournemouth.

Pogba was instrumental in Manchester United’s 2-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley last weekend.

Former Spurs forward Crooks believes Pogba needs to start producing in Manchester United’s lesser games.

“When Paul Pogba actually turns up for a game, he’s not a bad player. I also get the feeling the bigger the game, the more he seems up for it,” Crooks told BBC Sport.

“That was a point United manager Jose Mourinho was making last week after their debacle against West Bromwich Albion.

“Against Spurs, however, Pogba was the player on the pitch who saw the pass – and was not afraid to play it. The cross for Alexis Sanchez to score was superb.

“The France international went on to put scoring opportunities on a plate for Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard, although neither were equal to them. It’s all very well turning up for the big games – but what Pogba has to realise is that in order to get to the big games, you have to win the less attractive fixtures first.”

Manchester United will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley next month.

The Red Devils are on course to finish in second place in the Premier League this term.

MORE: Latest Manchester United news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip

Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz admits he’s living a ‘dream’ playing for Chelsea FC
Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard: What I really think about Liverpool FC signing Thiago Alcantara
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
‘That’s why we signed him’: Solskjaer reacts to Man United signing’s display
Frank Lampard
‘I have no doubt’: Frank Lampard opens up about Kai Havertz at Chelsea FC
Jamie Redknapp
Jamie Redknapp tells Frank Lampard where to play new Chelsea FC signing
Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC agree £26m deal for eighth summer signing – report
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Novak Djokovic
Rome Masters 2020: Novak Djokovic wins record 36th Masters title against Schwartzman
Michael Owen
Michael Owen reacts to new Liverpool FC and Tottenham signings
Simona Halep
Rome Premier 2020: Third time lucky for Halep, who wins after Pliskova retirement