Dwight Yorke: Paul Pogba has been unable to express himself at Manchester United

Dwight Yorke: Paul Pogba has been unable to express himself at Manchester United

Manchester United favourite Dwight Yorke has given fans his two cents on why Paul Pogba has been performing inconsistently so far.

The Frenchman has been the centre of debate for much of the season with some pundits believing he should even leave the club.

United supporters hardly want that but they, just like Jose Mourinho, are trying to figure out how to get the best out of Pogba.

The former Juventus man hasn’t been a disappointment by any measure but he has failed to have the kind of impact many want to see consistently.

Yorke feels that it all comes down to expressing oneself and that Paul has been unable to do that for one reason or the other.

According to talkSPORT, Dwight said: “No, I don’t think he should leave United. When you join United, you are under so much scrutiny, and if you underperform there are always people likely to criticise you – it’s just part and parcel of the game.

“He’s still in that development stage of 24 (sic), and he’ll embrace all this and understand he can’t just perform when he feels like.

“I don’t think he goes out there deliberately trying not to perform, I just think he’s not been able to express himself. It’s all about character, and understanding the character of the people you have brought to the football club.

“He’s a showman, Paul Pogba, and a great guy – you can’t take that away from him because that is his personality and he likes to express himself.

“I feel at times he has been restricted – defensively he has to contribute to the team, and it’s not just about Paul Pogba, it is about the team – but when it comes to the character of the person, Pogba is an entertainer.

“He wants to entertain, and sometimes he is not allowed to do that.”

It’s true that Paul Pogba is a little more restricted not only in Mourinho’s tactics but also when he plays in the 4-2-3-1 formation as part of a midfield duo.

More defensive responsibilities are part and parcel of that role but it has to be said he hasn’t done enough in his favoured 4-3-3 formation to convince his manager.

The truth is that Pogba has had outstanding games in both roles and poor games in both roles as well so it could simply come down to his inconsistencies.

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