Ian Wright has hit out at Paul Pogba’s attitude once again, insisting the Frenchman still had a lot to prove at Manchester United.
Pogba enjoyed a superb World Cup with France during which he became a leader in the dressing room and scored in the final against Croatia.
But all has not been well since his return to Old Trafford: he made comments after Man United’s win over Leicester which suggested his relationship with Jose Mourinho was strained, performed poorly in defeats to Brighton and Tottenham, and recently refused to rule out leaving the club in the near future.
Speaking earlier this week, Wright was quick to note that Pogba, despite his excellent World Cup, was yet to properly prove himself at Old Trafford.
“He’s a great player, and he’s a World Cup winner. He has come back and has proven that he is that guy,” he said. “But if Paul Pogba left in January, and we looked back at his Premier League CV, would you say he has been brilliant here? He still has a lot to prove!”
“I think he’s fantastic, that picture of him dabbing with the World Cup is brilliant, it’s going to be iconic, but at the same time, in the Premier League he hasn’t done it properly, consistently enough yet.
“Coming back with a World Cup medal has given him a false sense of security, in thinking that: ‘I’m bigger than this now.’ We need to see more from him and what he’s capable of doing.”
Pogba is a talent. That much was made clear for all to see over the World Cup. At United he has had moments of breathtaking brilliance: that driven, slick, game-changing performance at the Ethiad will go down in United folklore. He really can be so good.
And therein lies the reason why so many find him frustrating. For whatever reason, Pogba is unable to bring that level of performance to the table every week. The responsibility lies somewhat at the feet of Mourinho and his failure to create forward momentum in his team, but the buck very much lies with the Frenchman.
It is all well and good performing brilliantly over a month for France at a major tournament. The real test, however, comes through the nine month slog that is the Premier League.