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Gary Neville: Paul Pogba has been a “big miss” for Manchester United

by Harry Robinson

Gary Neville has cited Paul Pogba as the missing link in Manchester United’s side after the Reds suffered a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea.

Manager Jose Mourinho started with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera in a two-man midfield, sometimes joined by Henrikh Mkhitaryan, at Stamford Bridge but succumbed to an Alvaro Morata header in the second half.

Man United suffered from the absence of Pogba, but also Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, who did return from injury as a substitute after three weeks out of action.

“Pogba is a big miss for his arrogance and confidence,” Neville explained.

“He holds the ball, he beats a man, he’s composed.”

The 24-year-old has been a massive miss, a hugely notable one. He started the season in wonderful form, scoring twice and assisting twice in the opening games. His confidence rose, his reputation rose and in the game he suffered an injury, a 3-0 win against FC Basel, he was captaining United in the UEFA Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku’s form has dipped since Pogba has been unavailable, as has the form of Armenian forward Mkhitaryan who has had a woeful month and a half with less space to play in due to Pogba’s absence.

The Frenchman helped everyone in the team. He drew defenders away from other players, most importantly Lukaku and Mkhitaryan, and was the side’s key creative force.

The hope is that he’ll return for United after the international break as United face Newcastle.

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