Paul Scholes says Manchester United’s world record signing Paul Pogba is not performing like the player the club bought for £100million.
‘It’s been a little bit of a struggle for him so far,’ said BT Sport pundit Scholes. ‘Tonight, again, wasn’t his best performance. I think it will come. It’s still very early days.
‘I don’t really know what position he’s playing at the minute. Has he got a position? Has he been told to play where he wants?
‘He seems to be a little all over the place at times. I think he’s trying to do too much on the ball.
‘He’s trying to beat three or four players. He’s running with the ball. He should keep it simple for now.
‘That’s not the player Manchester United bought. They didn’t buy a Lionel Messi to go and beat five players and stick it in the top corner all the time. They bought a powerful, strong midfield player who can take the ball. He’s got skill, he can pass it forward, he can run.’
Pogba also came under fire from Sky Sports pundit and Sportsmail columnist Jamie Carragher for an ‘ill-disciplined’ performance in the Manchester derby last Saturday – a match United lost 2-1.
But Scholes has no doubts concerning the 23-year-old’s ability.
‘If he just plays one-two touch, sticks the ball into Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and runs, nobody can live with that,’ he said. ‘He’s got so much pace, so much power.’
‘I know he’s (Mourinho) happy with the four players he’s bought but they still need that type of player. A Luka Modric or a Toni Kroos (the Real Madrid midfield pair).
‘I think these players are available. I think Paul Pogba would be a much better player playing with these types of players.’