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

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.

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