Peter Schmeichel warns Man United about ‘problem child’ in squad
Man United legend Peter Schmeichel isn't impressed with Paul Pogba's display in Monday night's 1-1 draw with Arsenal
Peter Schmeichel has blasted Paul Pogba following his subdued performance in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford on Monday night.
The France international overcame an injury concern to secure a starting spot in the Manchester United team.
However, Pogba struggled to have an impact on the Premier League clash despite being the club-record signing.
Scottish midfielder Scott McTominay broke the deadlock before half-time, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang denied Manchester United three points with his equaliser in the second half.
The World Cup winner completed 81 per cent of his attempted passes, while the French midfielder was dispossessed three times during the Premier League clash.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Schmeichel described Pogba as a “problem child’ after his disappointing performance in their 1-1 stalemate on Monday night.
“It was a really weird performance. Sitting in the stands looking at the team and the shape it was difficult to understand what was going on, what the plan for the game was,” Schmeichel told Stadium Astro, as quoted by Metro.
Schmeichel continued: “If Pogba is playing in this team he needs to speed it up a bit. He was seriously slowing it down, in the first 25 minutes just basically playing the ball backwards. For a player of his calibre that was disappointing.
“I don’t understand what his role in this team is. Even when Ole made the substitutions and put Pogba further forward, not a lot happened.
“There were two very good passes in the game from Pogba but it’s two, it’s not 15. And I see that as a problem. He takes up so much attention. It kind of feels like he’s a problem child in this team.
“When you have someone who takes up so much attention, we need to understand what is his role, what is he going to do for this Manchester United team? I think the players are good enough around him. He was kind of hiding a little bit in the first half, especially in the first half. Second half was a little bit better.
“Of course when he gets moved further forward his defensive responsibilities are a bit less, then he gets the ball a bit more. ‘He’s not playing in the same way he did last season for sure.”
Pogba has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid or a return to Serie A champions Juventus on a regular basis over the past four or five months.
The France star secured a return to Manchester United from Juventus in an £89m deal in the 2016 summer transfer window.
However, Pogba has struggled to justify his price tag, having won just the Europa League and the League Cup since his move back to the 20-time English champions.