Monday 21 May 2018

Gary Neville takes swipe at under-par Paul Pogba

Pogba struggled in a poor first-half performance from Manchester United.

Paul Pogba struggled in the first half at Selhurst Park
Paul Pogba struggled in the first half at Selhurst Park

By Press Association Sport staff

Gary Neville has criticised Paul Pogba for performing as if “everything he does is like a YouTube or Instagram video” during the first half of Manchester United’s come-from-behind win at Crystal Palace.

The United midfielder gave the ball away with a long attempted pass before Andros Townsend gave Palace a 1-0 half-time lead at Selhurst Park.

Palace made it 2-0 through Patrick van Aanholt early in the second half but the visitors rallied through goals from Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku before Nemanja Matic’s stoppage-time stunner earned them all three points.

That had looked highly unlikely during a poor first 45 minutes and Pogba’s display drew the ire of former United defender Neville.

“His great weakness is that he plays like he’s playing in the park with his mates,” said Neville during the half-time analysis on Sky Sports.

“It’s like everything he does is like a YouTube or Instagram video. It’s like it’s not serious, it’s like a joke to him in terms of the way he goes about things. “It’s no wonder (manager) Jose Mourinho has left him out for the past few weeks a number of times.”

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Paul Pogba struggled in the first half at Selhurst Park

Neville was also critical of the lack of chemistry between Pogba’s team-mates.

He added: “I’ve never seen a Jose Mourinho team as inefficient as this. There always efficient teams, they always do things really calmly, they are usually solid in defence.

“He won’t recognise, I don’t recognise this as a performance. They are just individuals. They play in moments, they are not a unit yet.

“They’ve got to come together quickly because they’ve got to finish the season strongly but, most importantly, how are they going to get to a level that competes next season with Manchester City? They are nowhere near that level out there.”

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