6 December 2017
Former Liverpool midfielder and Sky Sports pundit, Graeme Souness, has slammed Manchester United superstar, Paul Pogba, for making ‘schoolboy errors’ and having no understanding of his position.
The Anfield legend made this statement while on punditry duty on Irish television channel TV3 for United’s UEFA Champions League clash against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
Pogba, who will miss the Manchester derby this weekend due to suspension, faced the brunt of some acute criticism from Souness prior to kick off.
“He hasn’t got a basic understanding of his position, I can’t see that changing,” Souness said.
Pogba, however, went on to impress in the 2 – 1 win and ended the game with an assist.
CSKA took the lead just before the half-time interval but United came from behind in the second half to snatch all three points and finish at the top of their group.
Pogba provided the assist for United’s equaliser. His lofted pass above the CSKA defence found Romelu Lukaku who put the ball at the back of the net with an excellent touch.
This was not the first time that Pogba came under scrutiny from Souness. The former Scotland international lambasted Pogba following United’s Europa League win against Ajax earlier this year – a game where Pogba scored.
“They [United] weren’t brilliant,” said Souness.
“I don’t see him doing enough things, you spend that kind of money to make a difference in the big games. I don’t see him this season changing any of the big games because of the ‘brilliance’ he’s shown.
“He does eye-catching stuff, which with all due respect to people who don’t understand the game so well, (they) go ‘wow, wasn’t that great play?’
“What I see as a midfield player, an old midfield player, is someone that’s not really got a great understanding of the game… I’ve never seen him run a game.”
United return to action this weekend in the highly anticipated clash at Old Trafford against Pep Guardiola’s highflying Manchester City side.