Man United urged to treat Paul Pogba like Mo Salah at Liverpool FC
Manchester United need to give Paul Pogba the freedom to play like Mohamed Salah at Liverpool FC, according to Paul Merson
Paul Merson believes Paul Pogba needs to be given the freedom to play at Manchester United to allow the World Cup winner to replicate Mo Salah’s success at Liverpool FC.
The France international moved to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Serie A champions Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s replacement.
Pogba arrived at Old Trafford as their club record signing but the Manchester United versatile midfielder has struggled to replicate his Juventus form at the Red Devils.
The 25-year-old has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his move to Manchester United but question marks still linger over the France international.
However, Mourinho hasn’t been afraid to criticise Pogba in the British media to raise questions about the World Cup winner’s future at the Old Trafford outfit.
The Egypt international Salah, on the other hand, scored 42 times in his debut season at Liverpool FC to win the PFA player of the year award.
Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp has given Salah the room to perform in the Reds team.
Former Arsenal star Merson believes Pogba needs be afforded more freedom to perform in the Manchester United.
“With Salah, he is loved. The manager loves him, he’s got confidence, Salah goes out and he can do whatever he wants. If it goes wrong, he’s still playing,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“The thing with Pogba is you want him to express himself, but at the same time he will be thinking: ‘If I have a bad 60 minutes here I am off.’
“And that’s where his confidence gets hit. I think he has to be left to play, and told: ‘Right, go out and express yourself.’
“Because when you watched him at Juventus… wow. He could play. You’ve got to get that Salah scenario, where Salah goes out and can play any which way he wants, with confidence, belief, tries things and when it doesn’t come off, he’s still playing.
“You don’t see him looking over at the dugout and thinking: ‘What’s the manager going to say about me here?’ It’s all about confidence. Let him play.”