Alan Shearer has slammed Paul Pogba’s performances for Manchester United this season.
The Frenchman has been at the centre of great controversy and debate since returning to the club from the French national team, who won the FIFA World Cup in Russia in the summer. Pogba was a key part of that squad and also seen as a leader in the dressing room for Les Bleus.
Yet for Man United, the 25-year-old has offered little in terms of consistency. His comments in the media, meanwhile, have only brought negativity to United. He flirted intermittently with FC Barcelona in the summer and has been linked to Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain as well.
Pogba has also made comments about not being allowed to say anything in fear of a fine, and has criticised his own team’s style of play under Mourinho.
Shearer believes his performances do not allow Pogba to have such a presence in the media and that he should be ashamed of his displays this season.
“Paul Pogba is United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club,” Shearer told The Sun.
“Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.
“He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing. If he’s looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better.”
While Pogba has had a poor start to the season like everyone else in the United side, he remains one of the team’s most important players. He’s already hit four goals and made two assists this season, better than most other players.
Against West Ham, he wasn’t the worst midfielder in the side. Nemanja Matic was worse than Pogba, but it was the latter who Mourinho substituted. Using the fact he was subbed as an argument is wrong because that was seemingly a political move by Mourinho.
He has got to improve, but the idea that Pogba is performing worse than other players is wrong. No one is performing under Mourinho.