Sunday 19 November 2017

Paul Scholes urges Mourinho to take the heat off Pogba

Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Manchester United's Paul Pogba. Photo: Action Images via Reuters
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes has urged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to step back into the transfer market to sign a midfield partner for Paul Pogba, after a second successive defeat for United sparked a fresh round of criticism for the club's world record signing.

Pogba struggled to make his mark as United crashed to a 1-0 loss against Feyenoord in the Europa League, with the Frenchman under the spotlight as he struggled to make his mark once more after his disappointing display in last weekend's derby defeat against Manchester City.

Mourinho admitted his side's confidence had been hit as they slipped to a surprise defeat in Holland, with Scholes offering up some constructive advice for the United manager as he looks to get his star signing firing.

"Pogba needs a controlling midfielder next to him and I think United need to go back in the transfer market for somebody like that," Scholes told BT Sport.

"Pogba is not the greatest controller of a football game. I think Mourinho will find the right partners for him.

"You have to remember he came from a brilliant team at Juventus. Andrea Pirlo and Claudio Marchisio could control the game and let him go and do his thing.

"I would like to see Michael Carrick with him. He needs a controlling midfielder next to him and Michael has got that. He is capable of it, but United still need a controlling midfielder."

Scholes insisted Pogba needs to be given time to find his feet at United after his £89m move from Juventus, as he suggested the Frenchman has the quality to silence his doubters as he settles in to his second spell at United,

"It's been a struggle for him so far and, again, this wasn't his best performance," he added, summing up his display against Feyenoord.

"It will come because it is very early days, but I don't know what position he is playing in. He seems to be a little bit all over the place at times.

"I think he is trying to do too much and beat three or four players. Just keep it simple.

"United didn't but Lionel Messi to go and beat five players and stick it in the top corner. They bought a powerful, strong midfield player and if he plays the right way, no one can live with him."

The Twitter hawks were quick to swoop on Pogba after his display in Rotterdam, with the 23-year-old now under pressure to make his mark in United's next Premier League game against Watford on Sunday.

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