Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho decided to splash the cash for Paul Pogba. However, he has failed to live up to his price tag for the Red Devils until now. United legend Paul Scholes has criticized the Portuguese manager for not utilizing the Frenchman to his full potential.
The former England international has praised Pogba following United’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League group stage encounter. He has labeled the 23-year-old as the only player who “gave everything” in the match.
“But he’s the one player that’s trying something. The other night (Feyenoord) wasn’t his best performance but he was the one player giving everything, who wanted to create something.” Scholes said, as reported by The Sun.
The 41-year-old has revealed that to utilize the maximum potential of Pogba, he will need to be featured in a three-man midfield, as he was played in Juventus. He has also cited the player’s international form with France as an example.
“He played in a two for France and wasn’t great in the summer and he’s played in a two so far this season and again hasn’t been great.” Scholes added, according to BT Sport.
At Juventus, Pogba had Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal as his midfield partners. Both Pirlo and Vidal complemented Pogba’s play and allowed him to become the dangerous player he is today.
But, Mourinho has played the new summer acquisition in a midfield two, pairing mostly with Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera. Naturally, the man from Lagny-sur-Marne, France has struggled to stamp his authority on the field.
Scholes has suggested that United needs to bring in Michael Carrick in the starting XI as a holding midfielder to get the best out of Pogba. This will allow the player to get forward more and make him a threat to the opposition defenses.
Manchester United have succumbed to three consecutive defeats under Mourinho with the latest one coming against Watford, away from home. Pogba started in each of those three matches, not being able to highlight his world-class talents.
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