Friday 18 August 2017

'At £20m he would have been expensive!' - Dunphy savages 'useless' Pogba after dire Liverpool display

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Eamon Dunphy has joined the chorus of pundits slating Paul Pogba after the Frenchman's much-maligned performance against Liverpool at Old Trafford yesterday.

The world's most expensive player struggled against Jurgen Klopp's side, missing a good chance to put the Red Devils in front before conceding a penalty following a wild handball.

The Frenchman has struggled to justify his exorbitant price tag since his return to Man United from Juventus in the summer, with Dunphy telling Game On on 2FM that Pogba's struggles have become the 'elephant in the room' at Old Trafford.

"Pogba was never worth £100m," Dunphy said.

"At £20m he would have been expensive. With the money they've spent with Mourinho and van Gaal, they should really have a better team.

"Paul Pogba is very immature. He plays like a kid. He is not worth the money they paid for him and he won't be worth the money they paid for him. He is the elephant in the room. He's useless."

Dunphy did, however, reserve praise for another of Jose Mourinho's signings, admitting that he was wrong about Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I was skeptical about him but I judged it wrongly," he said.

"He has scored a lot of important goals."

Elsewhere, Manchester City suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. Dunphy has long been a critic of Pep Guardiola, and said that yesterday's loss is another sign that the Spaniard isn't as gifted a manager as people think.

"They [Man City] were an embarrassment for the second time in a month," Dunphy said.

"They were an embarrassment against Everton and they were an embarrassment against Leicester. Guardiola is in deep trouble.

"What is really infuriating about him is that he thinks he reinvented football at Barcelona, but he didn't. He had a ready-made team. He did well with them but he didn't do much at Munich that hadn't been done before.

"He says he doesn't coach defence? Okay, go and work in an office then."

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