Friday 22 September 2017

'If you want him to be the Paul Scholes, is that a £90m player?' - Frank Lampard gives blunt assessment of Paul Pogba

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on March 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester United and AFC Bournemouth at Old Trafford on March 4, 2017 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Last Saturday saw Man United once again slip into what has become a frustrating pattern for the Red Devils - drawing a home game that they thoroughly dominated.

The combative battle between Zlatan and Tyrone Mings got a lot of attention after the 1-1 draw between United and Bournemouth, but it wasn't overlooked that Jose Mourinho's men once again squandered valuable points after wasting a host of chances.

One man who came in for particular criticism on Saturday was world record signing Paul Pogba. The French midfielder struggled to break down the opposition defence, and was guilty of losing possession with a number of mis-placed passes.

Speaking on Monday Night Football this evening, Chelsea legend Frank Lampard summed up a lot of the issues with Pogba as he tries to live up to his lofty price tag.

"He’s not a game changer," Lampard said.

"It was a signal of their intentions to spend £90m on someone I would say isn’t a finished article.

"When you have a £90million price tag you want more and you’re left still thinking what player he is. He hasn't quite delivered and he hasn't been a game changer.

"He has potential but the problem he is, who do you spend £90m on? A Suarez, Ronaldo, Messi. We need to wait until next season to see if he's improving. But I do believe that is in him. If you spend £90m, you don't want a £90m problem. I'm sure Jose Mourinho will solve it but at the moment he's not fluent.

“If you want him to be the Paul Scholes of your midfield, is that a £90m player?"

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