Gary Neville offers words of encouragement to Manchester United’s Paul Pogba

by Marwan Harraz

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has offered Paul Pogba some advice on how to deal with his current situation at the club.

Most sections of the media have claimed that the Frenchman is now unhappy at the club and that his relationship with Jose Mourinho has broken down.

Pogba’s agent also appears to be vying for a move away from United which has reportedly angered the Portuguese boss further.

The situation all began when Mourinho substituted the midfielder during the losses to Tottenham and Newcastle whilst dropping him for two of the club’s other matches.

Neville though seems to believe the situation isn’t as intense as it’s made out to be and has offered some words of encouragement to Paul.

According to the Daily Star, Gary said to Goal: “It’s a tough one for Pogba to take because he’s been left out of a big match.

“But I was at United for 20 years and saw players left out of matches sometimes – players who were probably better than Paul Pogba.

“He shouldn’t take it as an offence, he should knuckle down as all great players and great characters do when they get dropped, to fight harder and make their way into the team.

“Over the last 10-15 years you think of Wayne Rooney who’s been dropped, he was one of the greatest players United have had.

“Other players, Nemanja Vidic at times, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, myself, all players who have played 400, 500, 600 games for the club have been dropped.

“There’s no given you’re going to play in the team, everyone has to accept it’s going to come to them and you’re going to be dropped and that can be at different parts of your career.”

There’s been a lot of causes pointed out about the former Juventus man’s poor form with many suggesting that Jose simply doesn’t know how to use the player.

While the former Chelsea manager could certainly do more to play in a manner that would suit Paul Pogba, it would be unfair to just blame the tactician.

The skilful midfielder has played in a three man and two man midfield almost equally as well as each other despite some supporters believing that the 4-3-3 formation would bring the best out of him.

Jose Mourinho has made it abundantly clear that Pogba is such a talented player that he should able to play in either formation to good effect- which is true.

While a 4-3-3 may see him do a hint more, it shouldn’t be the tell all for his ability with some of his best games coming in the 4-2-3-1 formation.

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