Former Liverpool legend and current pundit Jamie Carragher has weighed in on the current argument surrounding whether or not Manchester United should cut their losses on star midfielder Paul Pogba.
Pogba, 27, rejoined United in 2016 after departing their youth academy four years prior. The Frenchman’s second Old Trafford coming cost the club’s hierarchy a whopping £94.5m, as per Transfermarkt.
After spending four years back with the club, Pogba has featured in a total of 178 matches and has been directly involved in 68 goals in all competitions.
However, after a series of inconsistent performances, Pogba has always found himself come under fire from fans and pundits alike with recent suggestions that the World Cup winner could be set for a move away from the Reds.
United recently triggered a one-year extension in Pogba’s current contract, as per Manchester Evening News, however, the decision to extend the Frenchman’s deal has only prompted further suggestions that the club could be looking to cash in on him.
One person who has echoed those concerns is pundit Carragher who spoke on TalkSPORT earlier this evening, he said: “He’s possibly never done well in any position or tactical set up that different managers have had.
“Would I pick him in the Manchester United team? No, I wouldn’t. He’s a huge name, he’s come for a huge transfer fee, but I don’t think he’s a great player.
“People say he’s won the World Cup and I get that. But when he came in I thought he might have the impact like Lampard at Chelsea, Gerrard at Liverpool, Yaya Toure at Man City – those players drove their team to titles, European Cups.
“When you’re that man who’s seen as the one to take United to the next level, which people might say it’s too much pressure to put on one man, but that’s what we were told was coming.
“It just hasn’t happened for him at Manchester United. For me, I’d be looking to move him on.
“Manchester United have to play two holding midfield players because it’s been proven that when Pogba has played in one of those advanced positions – against Crystal Palace and Brighton – you got counter attacked and it was so open.
“Pogba cannot play central midfield because it leaves you too exposed. We highlighted that and analysed that on Monday Night Football.
“In terms of playing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba ahead of one sitting midfielder, like Man City did under Pep Guardiola with [Kevin] De Bruyne and [David] Silva in those positions, we almost imagine that they float around the pitch and did what they wanted.
“Pep Guardiola doesn’t accept that. He plays a positional game where each player has to be disciplined and stick to their position. Fernandes and Pogba are not disciplined.
“They are probably two of the most undisciplined players in the Premier League.
“You can maybe carry one but you can’t play the two of them. It’s one or the other.
“I do not believe Pogba and Fernandes can play in the same team so you have to play Fernandes and he has played really well since he joined.
“I would be looking to take money for Pogba.”
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