MANCHSTER UNITED – The problem of Paul Pogba is Paul Pogba himself:
Written By: Muhd El-Bonga Ibraheem
They crucified Jose Mourinho for playing Pogba in a 4-2-3-1 formation in his first season. They said Pogba needs more “freedom” to go forward, he is magnificent in attack than in defence. Jose Mourinho responded by splashing a whopping £40m in the summer to sign 30-year-old Nemanja Matic all the way from London just to “free” Pogba. Matic is so far playing so well and Pogba is yet to “free” himself, much to the chagrin of Manchester United fans.
As if that is not enough, they did a u-turn by saying Pogba’s best role is in the left side of a three-man midfield in the 4-3-3 formation, a role he excelled well at Juventus. They even said Mourinho and Pogba are no longer in good terms because the French ace is frustrated with Mourinho’s tactics; the media advocated the team to be built around Pogba. Mourinho subtly responded by first, dropping him on the beach and, later on, played him in the left side of a three-man midfield where many people prefer to see him play. Sometimes, dropping top players to the bench enables them to dictate the tempo of the game when they come on. Still, Pogba has refused to “free” himself;
Paul Pogba is everything opposite of what Manchester United signed: slow, loses possession, misplaces passes, not tracking back after losing the ball etc. This is not to mean that he has not been terrific in some matches this season. Jose Mourinho always moulds his players to defend and attack where necessary. No player is bigger than the team. That is what Fergie always preached and practiced. You attack and when you lose the ball, you close down. Pogba doesn’t do that very well in the team.
In light of the foregoing, the problem isn’t Mourinho but Pogba himself. So far against Palace (still in play), he’s been totally poor to say the least.
The problem of Paul Pogba, therefore, is Paul Pogba himself. And only Paul Pogba can solve that problem, not Jose Mourinho. He should do less hair-cuts, less snapchat, less Instagram, and more training, more hardwork.