Paul Pogba won the World Cup with France this summer but has been told to up his game at club level by Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Scholes claims that Pogba must “use his brain” to ensure he becomes one of the game’s top players.
The Frenchman made a sensational return to Old Trafford in 2016, arriving after a successful four-year stint at Juventus for a then-record fee of £89 million.
He has faced widespread criticism since re-joining the club, as he struggled to adapt to life back in the English top-flight. We’ve seen glimpses of excellence from Pogba he has not been consistent enough.
Pogba, 25, has steadily found his feet this summer, though. He helped the France national team win their second every World Cup this summer, scoring in Les Bleus’ 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.
Despite his success in Russia, Scholes is still questioning Pogba’s consistency at club level and believes that a settled starting eleven at Old Trafford may help him achieve that.
“Paul needs to find a consistency, I think,” Scholes told beIN SPORTS. “You look at his game, he can be brilliant one week and not so good the next week.
“He seems to be a player which you get a performance out of every three to four games. If you’re going to win leagues, that’s not enough, it’s just not enough.
“He needs to become that commanding player he was at Juventus – he was part of a set structure at Juventus, he knew every week which position he was going to play, who he was going to play with, and I don’t think that has helped him at United.
“I’d be amazed if the same team has been named twice in a row, or the same formation. There doesn’t seem to be a set way of where it’s going and that could possibly work against him.”
And while the Old Trafford icon doesn’t argue the quality of Pogba, he says that the midfielder has some way to go before being compared with the best in his position.
“There’s no doubt the lad has real quality – he’s shown in the World Cup that he can play,” Scholes added.
“He’s such a strong lad, he’s such a fit lad. He can run, he has great technique as well, great ability. But he needs to use his brain a little bit more to become a top footballer.”