Michael Owen: What I truly think of Paul Pobga at Man United
The Man United legend believes Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola would get the best out of Paul Pogba
Michael Owen believes Paul Pogba is a world class midfielder if the Manchester United star is “playing in a certain team in a certain way”.
The France international’s form has been a source of relentless debate over the past two Premier League seasons given his inconsistent performances.
Jose Mourinho has tinkered with using Pogba alongside Nemanja Matic in the middle of the park or as part of a midfield three in the Manchester United team.
No matter the tactical system, the World Cup winner has struggled to replicate his performances that earned him rave reviews during his time at Juventus.
The Manchester United manager hasn’t been afraid to criticise Pogba during his spell in charge of the 20-time English champions.
Mourinho even stripped Pogba of the vice captaincy earlier this season, while the France star has been left on the bench for their last two Premier League games.
Asked whether Pogba is world class during BT Sport’s coverage of Manchester United’s 2-1 loss at Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Owen replied:
“I’m of the opinion that he is totally world-class playing in a certain team in a certain way.
“I get very frustrated watching him because I know he’s better than what we see week in, week out. I’m almost siding with him [Pogba] because I don’t think the way the team plays or the way the manager manages him is conducive to getting the best out of him.
“I think the manager has to take some of the blame – the system, the way he plays. I remember when he first signed they were trying all kinds of midfielders in and around him trying to get the best out of him.
“I feel sorry for him from that point of view but, as a player, it is frustrating when you watch him because he still looks like a 16 or 17-year-old learning the game.
“I think he could do a lot worse than just going to watch a load of videos of Paul Scholes – see when to play one touch, see when to take loads of touches, when to beat players.”
Owen added that Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp or Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of Pogba.
“I think he makes so many bad decisions in games, which is frustrating because if he was playing as he should,” Owen continued.
“If he was playing under a Guardiola or a Klopp or someone like that I think we’d be looking at certainly one of the best few players in the world, but at the moment we can’t say that.”
Manchester United will make the short trip to bitter rivals Liverpool FC in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Devils haven’t lost to Liverpool FC at Anfield in the Premier League in the Klopp-Mourinho era at both clubs.