Tuesday 21 August 2018

Paul Pogba’s attitude could be the reason behind his poor Manchester United form, says Jamie Redknapp

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Paul Pogba during the game. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho speaks with Paul Pogba during the game. Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Paul Pogba’s poor attitude is at least partly behind his poor run of form at Manchester United – that’s according to Jamie Redknapp, at least.

Pogba was left on the bench by Jose Mourinho for United’s Champions League match against Sevilla after the midfielder previously claimed he was too sick to start last weekend’s FA Cup clash at Huddersfield.

Pogba did eventually came on in the first-half in Spain because of an injury to Ander Herrera, but contributed little, making just one tackle and taking a solitary shot on goal.

And writing in the Daily Mail, Redknapp questioned whether the Frenchman’s poor attitude has something to do with his recent struggles.

"Paul Pogba is a real problem. Jose Mourinho clearly has an issue with his attitude and that discord is going to divide the dressing room," Redknapp said.

"Feuds like this don't go away, this is a wound that won't heal in a hurry. Pogba and Mourinho both have big egos, but one of them is going to have to relent for the good of the club.

"If I was Jose, I'd say to Pogba, 'You're at a fantastic club: get your head down and work for your place'. If he can't get into United's team, he's not going to make Barcelona or Real Madrid's starting eleven."

Redknapp added that Mourinho should show more faith in the 24-year-old, who United spent £89.3m on just two summers ago.

"He's a player who thrives when he feels trusted — so Mourinho has not helped his confidence by switching him in and out of the side — but it's time he stamps his mark on this team," Redknapp added.

"At Juventus, he had the experience of Andrea Pirlo to guide him, but he needs to take charge of this United team."

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