Jamie Carragher: Paul Pogba cost Man United £90m so Jose Mourinho must change

by Tanveer Arayan


Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Paul Pogba‘s inability to perform is a result of Jose Mourinho‘s faulty tactics.

Manchester United fans have not been pleased with the Frenchman’s recent showings after he arrived at the club as the world’s most expensive player.

He has been highly-criticised following his move from Juventus and Carragher insists the reactions aren’t fair as we’re only four games into the season.

Writing in his column, the 38-year old feels Mourinho’s current formation and tactics are not compatible with Pogba’s strengths.

“This isn’t the time to make snap judgements; this isn’t even the time for anyone to start panicking,” he wrote.

“What is clear, after events this last week, is that Jose Mourinho has a riddle to solve with Paul Pogba.

“I described Pogba’s performance in the Manchester derby on Monday Night Football as him being like a kid on the schoolyard. He ran all over the pitch, without thought or discipline, and was never in the one area he should be: central midfield.

“When United paid Juventus that world-record fee to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford, it wasn’t for him to try to replicate the magic tricks of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale; they signed him to become the game’s dominant midfielder, an all-action hero.”

He has failed to make much of an impact in the four games he has played so far and has not found any assists or goals.

Pogba built up quite the reputation for himself at Juventus playing ahead of central midfielder’s Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio, but Mourinho hasn’t been able to match him with players of such quality at Old Trafford.

Mourinho will be looking to change his tactics to get the best out of Pogba, especially after United broke the world record transfer fee to bring him back to the club.

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