Pat Nevin: My biggest issue with Paul Pogba at Man United

The Chelsea FC legend is critical of Paul Pogba for not showing up at Man United

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

Pat Nevin has admitted that he was stunned by Paul Pogba’s performance in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC last weekend.

The France international was notably muted in the Premier League clash, particularly in the first half, as Chelsea FC got the better of their title rivals.

Pogba was guilty of allowing Antonio Rudiger to escape his attentions and steer a header past David De Gea in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Another Frenchman, Anthony Martial, was responsible for getting the Red Devils back into the Premier League clash with two second-half goals before Ross Barkley’s late equaliser.

Pogba has struggled with inconsistency throughout his second spell at Manchester United, and this season has been no different so far.

The World Cup winner was part of the Manchester United that welcomed Serie A giants Juventus in the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

However, Pogba was unable to inspire Manchester United to victory over his former club after Paulo Dybala scored a first-half winner to secure a 1-0 win at the Theatre of Dreams.

Former Chelsea FC star Nevin was critical of Pogba’s inconsistent displays ahead of Manchester United’s home clash against Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.

“It’s turning up [for big games],” Nevin told Irish radio station Newstalk when asked about Pogba.

“There was a lack of desire. It’s what he does now and again. It’s strange to see the amount of big players who do that…

“He is talented guy but I was stunned by that first half. It was dull.”

Manchester United re-signed Pogba 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 has won the League Cup and the Europa League since his second coming at Manchester United, but the Red Devils record signing was part of the team that lost 1-0 to Chelsea FC in the FA Cup final at Wembley last term.

The 25-year-old started his professional career at Manchester United but moved to Juventus in an £800,000 deal in 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson failed to give Pogba regular first-team football.

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