Sunday 20 October 2019

'He needs to have a close look at himself' - Graeme Souness says Paul Pogba played a big role in Mourinho's sacking

Paul Pogba was an unused substitute in the loss at Liverpool (Peter Byre/PA)
Paul Pogba was an unused substitute in the loss at Liverpool (Peter Byre/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Graeme Souness has pointed an accusing finger at Paul Pogba following Manchester United's decision to sack manager Jose Mourinho.

Souness has been an outspoken critic of Pogba in recent months and suggested Mourinho's demise was linked with a lack of effort and application shown by his French World Cup winner in recent months.

Mourinho dropped Pogba from what proved to be his final two Premier League games as United manager, with the latest comments from Souness in the direction of the club's £89m midfielder leaving little to the imagination.

"Paul Pogba has been a major disappointment to Man United and he really needs to have a close look at himself," Souness told Sky Sports.

"He could be a fabulous player, he really could. With the skill he possesses, the God-given athleticism that he has, but he gets into his armchair too readily.

"I never see him come off and think, he has put a shift in today. I see a player come off a football pitch that has done nice things, but as many good things as he has done, he has done equally as many bad things by giving the ball away, not tracking player, not doing the things proper players do."

Souness believes United made the right call to sack Mourinho, as he suggested the former Chelsea manager was not enjoying life at Old Trafford.

"I don't like saying it is right to sack a manager as I've been in that position at it's not nice, but I think it is right to change this time," he added.

"I think he would have known this was coming. I’m not surprised. With the money he has spent and how the players are playing at this present moment in time…I said on Sunday, I couldn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel for them.

"I was at Bournemouth two weeks ago. I’m a season ticket holder there. My season ticket is 10 rows behind the dugout and I saw a man who didn’t want to be there.

"Manchester United is not a quick fix. This will be a slow burner for them. It will not be easy for them get back to the top.

"The next man in, how much time will he get? Someone has to come in who is a Manchester United old boy, with a senior man above him. That Man United old boy, someone from Alex Ferguson's tenure, will get more time and that's the way they should go now."

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