Forget Claudio Bravo, Paul Pogba was annihilated on social media for his display in the Manchester derby
Although the flailing Claudio Bravo probably incurred a greater portion of mockery and vitriol on social media, that doesn’t change the fact that Paul Pogba was absolutely lampooned for his indifferent display in yesterday’s Manchester derby.
When you are the subject of a protracted, seemingly endless transfer saga, which concludes with a world record fee changing hands, then expectations will, justifiably, be vertiginously high.
Paul Pogba, for now at least, is the world’s most expensive footballer, which is some mantle when considering the ludicrous fees being paid for players in today’s inflated marketplace.
That the Frenchman also plays for Manchester United, a Manchester United managed by Jose Mourinho, no less, only serves to further ratchet up the levels of scrutiny he will be subjected to.
Yesterday at Old Trafford marked Pogba’s third appearance since re-joining the club from Juventus and, until then, his displays have been decidedly average, save for the occasional sprinkling of stardust.
However, he was nothing more than a bystander during the much anticipated crosstown clash as City, particularly in the first half, overran United in midfield.
Pogba, as he has through this nascent season, comprised half of a midfield duo that also featured Marouane Fellaini. The pair were largely anonymous throughout and, while the Belgian is well used to being eviscerated by all and sundry, Pogba likely isn’t.
City’s victory was facilitated by goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho, while Zlatan Ibrahimović, aided by the frequently hapless Bravo, pegged one back for United.
There is a consensus that Mourinho, like France coach Didier Deschamps during the European Championships, is not deploying the best formation to illicit Pogba’s talents.
He does appear restricted in a 4-2-3-1 and would likely be more potent in a 4-3-3, but that would almost certainly mean dropping Wayne Rooney.
Mourinho has used the latter set-up intermittently throughout out his career but there has been no indication that he will deviate from the former.
For now, take a look at the grief Pogba got.
Paul Pogba in 2016-17:— GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) September 10, 2016
3 haircuts pic.twitter.com/cWbVdKTdvy
If Paul Pogba was a beer. pic.twitter.com/KQqwEXPaTs— Yemi Dada (@YemiCastano) September 11, 2016
Pogba:— Premier League Bible (@PremBible) September 11, 2016
£89.3M, 3 games, 0 goals, 0 assists
£6.3M, 4 games. 3 goals, 1 assist pic.twitter.com/heVa6pgZyQ
The mirror giving silva a 6/10 the same as Pogba is laughable aren't these journalists paid to watch the game? So clueless— MCFC 1894 (@ManCityArmy1894) September 11, 2016
Pogba can't control a game like Kroos or Pirlo, can't play DM like Kante or Casemeiro, not on Ozil's level as a playmaker. What's his use?.— THE SEASON (@castrofy26) September 11, 2016
Lucas Perez is a Flop after 1 Match— Danny Welbeck (@WelBeast) September 11, 2016
Meanwhile Pogba needs at least 18 games to Settle.
after pogba went missing so badly yesterday depay has started calling him dad— ste hux (@goat101010) September 11, 2016
Been thinking about this for a long time but can finally confirm:— Tom (@ClinicalKing) September 11, 2016
Harry ARTER > Paul POGBA