Manchester United’s Paul Pogba would be better off at Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester City, according to Paul Ince.
Pogba, 24, joined the Red Devils from Juventus in the summer of 2016, for a fee believed to be worth in the region of £90 million, but he has struggled to live up to that price-tag at Old Trafford.
Perhaps too much is expected of the talented midfielder, but a return of just 12 goals and 16 assists in 83 appearances for United thus far really isn’t enough for a player of his calibre.
Ince, who made 162 appearances for Manchester United, insisted that Pogba would be better off playing under either Mauricio Pochettino or Pep Guardiola, when writing his regular column for Paddy Power:
“Pogba has been made a scapegoat for the way the team are performing, when he’s the one being played out of position. But he isn’t the only problem. If you put the Frenchman into Manchester City’s team, or even Tottenham’s team, you’ll see a better player. I don’t believe that the way Jose Mourinho has United playing is suited to him.”
The France international remains a vital part of Jose Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford, and in spite of Ince’s words, the 24-year-old must take some kind of responsibility for not meeting expectations at United thus far.
Sure, he has been played out of position, but considering his price-tag, he must surely learn to adapt, and thrive in whatever role he is tasked with playing.