Jamie Redknapp: The problem with Paul Pogba at Man United

The Liverpool FC legend believes Paul Pogba isn't producing his World Cup performances at Manchester United

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

Jamie Redknapp believes Paul Pogba has struggled to replicate his World Cup performances at Manchester United so far this season.

The France international endured a difficult second half of the 2017-18 season despite a big performance with two goals in a 3-2 comeback win at Premier League champions Manchester City in March.

However, Jose Mourinho was critical of Pogba’s displays on a number of occasions to inevitably prompt speculation surrounding the relationship between the manager and his record signing.

The 25-year-old appeared to thrive with his national team in the summer and Pogba got on the score-sheet in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in July.

Pogba returned to Manchester United with the club’s supporters hoping that the versatile midfielder would be able to carry his form from Russia into the new Premier League season.

However, the £89m signing has reserved his best performance for the Champions League when he netted twice in Manchester United’s 3-0 win at Young Boys in Switzerland.

Pogba was disappointing in a 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC in the Premier League last weekend and the Frenchman was responsible for allowing Antonio Rudiger to escape his attention and score the opener.

While Redknapp is growing tired of discussing Pogba given the other underperforming players in the Manchester United team, the former Liverpool FC star accepted that the World Cup winner has disappointed so far this season.

“I think we talk about him too much at times, it’s not just about him. It’s about Juan Mata, it’s about Matic in midfield,” Redknapp told Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC on Saturday.

“The responsibility and the talk will always be about Pogba, but I’d rather talk about the other players.

“I think in the World Cup, he showed his quality but he’s not doing it for Manchester United. The manager’s not helping him, but he did it at the World Cup.”

Pogba moved to Juventus from Manchester United in an £800,000 deal in 2012 after Sir Alex Ferguson refused to guarantee the talented midfielder first-team football.

The France star blossomed into one of the world’s most exciting midfielders during his four-season stint in Turin, winning four successive Serie A titles.

Pogba has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his return to Manchester United but hasn’t produced his brilliant Juve performances in the Red Devils team.

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