Jose Mourinho warned Paul Pogba will struggle in Chelsea FC v Man United
Liverpool FC legend Mark Lawrenson plays down the chance of Paul Pogba firing Manchester United to FA Cup glory
Mark Lawrenson has played down the likelihood of Paul Pogba having a good game in Manchester United’s clash against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final.
The Red Devils have the opportunity to end a mixed second season under Jose Mourinho with a third major trophy in two campaigns since the Portuguese head coach replaced Louis van Gaal.
Pogba has also struggled to maintain his high standards throughout the campaign despite scoring two goals and making two assists in his opening four Premier League fixtures.
The 24-year-old has been criticised by his manager for his failure to fulfill his defensive duties in the middle of the park alongside Serbia international Nemanja Matic.
Pogba produced arguably his best performance of the season in Manchester United’s 3-2 win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium to delay the Citizens lifting the Premier League crown.
However, former Liverpool FC defender Lawrenson doesn’t anticipate Pogba producing another match-winning performance against Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final on Saturday.
“If United midfielder Paul Pogba has a good game, then he could be the difference – but it is a big if,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
“Do you actually think Jose will say to Pogba on the day, before a big game against opponents like Chelsea, “go on, just go out and play – get involved absolutely everywhere”.
“If he does, United would have a far better chance of winning, but it won’t happen. With Jose in charge they play football with the handbrake on.
“When you are on the autobahn and behind the wheel of a Ferrari, you don’t drive at 60mph, do you?
“But that is where United are at, which is why I think Chelsea will win.”
Pogba moved to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window following months of speculation.
The France star won the Europa League and the League Cup upon his return to Manchester United.