Saturday 20 October 2018

'I still see the same flaws in him' - Graeme Souness raises questions about Paul Pogba despite stellar performance

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group H - BSC Young Boys v Manchester United - Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - September 19, 2018 Manchester United's Paul Pogba applauds their fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group H - BSC Young Boys v Manchester United - Stade de Suisse, Bern, Switzerland - September 19, 2018 Manchester United's Paul Pogba applauds their fans after the match Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Graeme Souness has long been one of Paul Pogba's biggest critics and he didn't hold back in his views on the Manchester United midfielder after his latest Champions League display.

World Cup winner Pogba may scored twice for United as he led from the front as captain in their convincing 3-0 win against Young Boys on Wednesday night, yet European Cup winner Souness was vocal in his criticism of the midfielder in his comments as a pundit on Virgin Media Sport.

"If he wants to become a star, someone that can run games and someone people talk about like a proper player, he has to show consistency and leadership," stated Souness.

"He has the armband now and he has got to change his attitude to football. I bet he is a really nice guy, but I wonder if he treats football as a bit of a joke. I wonder if he trains properly every day, that is a stab in the dark at something that could improve.

"I don't think he has improved since the day he arrived. I still see the same flaws in him."

Pogba was praised by his manager Jose Mourinho after his latest display, with the decision to allow him to continue to take penalties after his miss from the spot against Burnley earlier this month welcomed by the United skipper.

"I had no doubt about taking the penalty," stated Pogba. "I know I missed that one at Burnley, but I told him (Mourinho) I won’t do the same mistake this time.

"I had the confidence of the players as well, they let me take it too, so I thank them for this and I thank the manager. The most important thing was to put the ball in and that’s what happened, so I’m happy.

"I am happy. Very happy to score, very happy to help my team and very happy with the result as well. We had the result that we all wanted. It was a very good start for us and we have to carry on like this.

"When you win you are happy but we are still trying to get better. We are changing the team and the players that come in feel like they are already in the team and that’s what we need."

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