Graeme Souness: My biggest problem with Paul Pogba at Man United

The Liverpool FC legend wants to see much more from Manchester United record signing Paul Pogba

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Manchester United star Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness has hinted that Manchester United star Paul Pogba may never realise his talent unless the World Cup winner gets “the basics right”.

The France international silenced his critics by playing a key role in France’s World Cup success in the summer following a difficult season.

The 25-year-old was criticised by his manager Jose Mourinho in the second half of 2017-18 campaign on a number of occasions to raise questions about his future.

The pair continue to share a complicated working relationship and Mourinho stripped Pogba of the vice captaincy after the vesatile midfielder appeared to criticise the manager’s tactics.

Pogba scored twice in a 3-0 win over Young Boys in their Champions League opener in September but the former Juventus playmaker hasn’t produced too many talismanic performances.

The club record signing was particularly disappointing in the first half of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge.

Indeed, Pogba was responsible for allowing Antonio Rudiger to break the deadlock in the first half before Anthony Martial’s heroics helped the Red Devils to leave with a point.

Former Liverpool FC captain Souness believes Pogba hasn’t realised his talent and is guilty of being too inconsistent in the Manchester United team.

“He has been blessed with the most wonderful athleticism, you would think it’s tailor-made for him, but you don’t have to be 6ft 4in to prevent somebody getting a clear header at the goal,” Souness told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.

“He’s got fabulous technique, fabulous athleticism, but for me he doesn’t do the basics right. I’m seen as his biggest critic but his manager is not happy with him.

“I’ve been a manager and I’m saying to myself, like Jose will be saying to himself, ’what a player this boy could be if you would just listen and learn. If this boy believes he’s the real deal at 25 then he won’t get any better.”

Pogba returned to Manchester United in the 2016 summer transfer window after the Red Devils spent £89m to sign the France international from Juventus.

The Red Devils star helped the 20-time English champions to win the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season back at Old Trafford.

However, Pogba’s second campaign was punctuated by a series of inconsistent performances and niggling injuries to prompt criticism of the French talent.

Manchester United will return to Premier League action next Sunday with a difficult home clash against Marco Silva’s Everton side at Old Trafford.

Pogba won four Serie A titles during his four-season stint at Juve.

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