Graeme Souness claims Man United star ‘needs help’

Graeme Souness criticises Paul Pogba for his stuttering displays for Man United this season

Paul Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness has criticised Paul Pogba and has claimed that the Manchester United midfielder works best as an impact substitute.

The 25-year-old has found himself under the spotlight in recent months after having failed to produce consistent form for Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.

Pogba started last season strongly but came in for criticism during the second half of the campaign as he failed to deliver on a regular basis for the Red Devils.

Indeed, his stuttering form for Manchester United has promoted speculation about his future at the club, although there is nothing to indicate that he could actually be set to leave Old Trafford this summer.

Now, former Liverpool FC star Souness has claimed that Pogba is currently best used only as an impact substitute given his recent performances for the Red Devils.

Souness is quoted as saying by the Daily Express: “He’s 25 and needs help.

“You can go through his pluses; he’s got great athleticism and technique but he doesn’t play the game in his head.

“A flick and a trick are more important than closing down an opponent to make him play a bad pass and intercept it.

“I think why Mourinho gets the hump is because he’s got the fast-forward gear going up the pitch and then the jogging gear coming back. That irritates you.

“For me, I think he is an impact substitute. You ain’t going to bring Paul Pogba onto the pitch if you are 1-0 up and you are looking to hold onto something.

“He is not disciplined. If he is a sub you bring him on when you are chasing the game. In two or three years he might develop into a holding midfield player but I am not quite sure what he is at the moment.”

Manchester United officially confirmed their second signing of the summer last week when they tied up a deal to bring Fred to Old Trafford from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Red Devils are believed to be on the lookout for a number of other signings as they look to try and win the Premier League title next season.

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