Sunday 25 August 2019

'Pogba should be used as an impact sub'

France's Paul Pogba. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
France's Paul Pogba. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Graeme Souness remains unimpressed by Paul Pogba and insists that France should merely use him as an 'impact sub'.

The 54-times-capped ex-Scottish international midfielder has never been shy in voicing his concerns about the Manchester United man and his performances in Russia thus far have done nothing to change his mind.

"He's 25 and needs help," Souness said.

"You can go through his pluses; he's got great athleticism and technique but he doesn't play the game in his head.

"A flick and a trick are more important than closing down an opponent to make him play a bad pass and intercept it.

"I think why Mourinho gets the hump is because he's got the fast-forward gear going up the pitch and then the jogging gear coming back. That irritates you.

"For me, I think he is an impact substitute. You ain't going to bring Paul Pogba onto the pitch if you are 1-0 up and you are looking to hold onto something.

"He is not disciplined. If he is a sub you bring him on when you are chasing the game. In two or three years he might develop into a holding midfield player but I am not quite sure what he is at the moment."

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