Gary Neville criticises Paul Pogba’s first half performance vs Crystal Palace

Gary Neville criticises Paul Pogba’s first half performance vs Crystal Palace

Manchester United favourite Gary Neville has criticised Paul Pogba’s first half performance vs Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Jose Mourinho’s men headed into the break 1-0 down and to make things worse they conceded right after the second half began as well.

Thankfully through Chris Smalling, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic United secured arguably their best comeback win since the Portuguese manager arrived at the club.

Pogba started the match once more in his preferred position on the left of a midfield three but as the game went on Mourinho was inclined to add an extra attacker to the team and withdrew him to play deeper.

Neville was discussing the Frenchman’s first half and stated his belief that the player is too carefree or not serious enough.

According to ESPN, Gary said on Sky Sports: “His [Pogba’s] great weakness is that he plays like he’s playing in the park with his mates.

“It’s like everything he does is like a YouTube or Instagram video. It’s like it’s not serious, it’s like a joke to him in terms of the way he goes about things.

“It’s no wonder Jose Mourinho has left him out for the past few weeks a number of times.”

Much has been made of Paul’s position and how the Red Devils can get the most out of their record signing but if he doesn’t perform then there won’t be much to debate. Will Pogba be a United player next year? Check out the odds using a bet365 bonuskod 2018.

Calls for playing the former Juventus star in a three man midfield to allow him more freedom were answered by Jose but the player has yet to prove the decision the correct one.

Playing him alongside Matic in a 4-2-3-1 formation doesn’t seem to help much either and it appears that Paul Pogba is simply out of form.

At the start of the season it was just the aforementioned pair in midfield for several games when Manchester United were in fantastic form and Pogba played fantastically well then, suggesting it’s not a matter of formation but of form.

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