Saturday 21 September 2019

'He's an idiot' - Manchester United legend Paul Ince slams Paul Pogba and claims fans have turned on him

Paul Pogba. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Paul Pogba. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince has branded Paul Pogba 'an idiot' an suggested most of the club's supporters will be pleased if the French World Cup winner leaves Old Trafford.

United manager Jose Mourinho dropped Pogba from his line-up for Wednesday night's game against Arsenal on Wednesday night, amid reports that he had given the club's record signing a dressing down in front of his team-mates following last Saturday's 2-2 draw at Southampton.

Now Ince - who was part of United's Premier League and FA Cup double winning team of 1994 - has offered up a stinging verdict on Pogba.

"Pogba's supposed to be world class, but he looks bang average," stated Ince, speaking in his role as a Paddy Power ambassador.

"If he thinks his place is to come on the pitch and do stupid little flicks and tricks which lead to them losing the ball – he's an idiot.

"You can blame Jose Mourinho for some things, but you can't blame him for everything. Pogba doesn't help him himself, and he's right to be dropped.

"It doesn't matter how big your name is. No one is too big of a name to be dropped at United, or at least they shouldn't be." 

Pogba received a very mixed reception when finally introduced with 15 minutes to go. And Ince believes that's indicative of how the Old Trafford faithful are starting to feel about the club's record signing.

"You can see the mood of the fans changing, and their attitude and tolerance towards Pogba too. It's rare that United players would boo a player, but they're getting sick of his behaviour. There aren't many United fans that would be sad to see him go," he explained.

"The attitude of the fans to me seems to be that if he's that desperate to leave Old Trafford – he should just go. In fact, that would be the best outcome for everyone involved.

"Ander Herrera might not be the best player on the planet. But he gets United, he gets what it means to play for them and you can see he really wants to win. He has that desire which Lukaku, and particularly Pogba don't seem to understand.

"There's a true honour around playing for the club. And if you don't get that, as far as I'm concerned you should be shown the door. It doesn't matter whether it's Man United or Morecambe.

"When it comes to Pogba. It's just another drama, another chapter in the life of him. He was atrocious against Southampton and didn't deserve to be picked for a game like Arsenal. It's all well and good him moaning off the pitch, but the fact is, he's doing nothing to deserve a place in the side."

Ince went on to claim Mourinho was right to chastise his players, as also had harsh words for lead striker Romelu Lukaku, who joined Pogba on the bench last night, as another star name not justifying his place in the United starting line-up.

"Lukaku isn't scoring goals at the moment and when he isn't scoring goals, what is he good for? Nothing. He brings nothing to the table," he added.

"If your main role is a striker, and you're not scoring goals for fun, then what's the point of you being on the pitch?
 If you aren't scoring goals as a striker – you should be dropped. I know his confidence is low but Mourinho needs to think about the team. They're in eighth place, which is disgraceful. So, it's all about getting points on the table, and if that means dropping Lukaku then that's what he should do, simple.

"If Mourinho's seen that in his players, then he's got every right to not play the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. They deserve to be told."

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