Graeme Souness enjoys ripping into Manchester United whenever he can. The Scot usually aims fire at Paul Pogba but can’t right now because the Frenchman is out injured.
I’m sure if you pushed him far enough though, he’d rant the evening away about all things Pogba. Instead he decided to use his Sunday morning column in The Times to criticise the rest of United’s midfield.
‘At times, as we saw in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw in the fog at Crystal Palace, they are an ordinary team to watch,’ Souness said.
‘In midfield, the mix is still not right. They are over-reliant on Bruno Fernandes and if he’s not producing something then they struggle to score.
‘Scott McTominay is an honest player and, at 24, is only going to get batter, [the Scots will never criticize one of their own], but do they win the Premier League with Nemanja Matic and Fred, who they paid £40 million and £47 million respectively for under Jose Mourinho?
‘They are steady Eddies who will dog it out away from home and protect your back four, but get them on the front foot and there’s no cuteness in their play.
‘The midfield is the creative arm of the team and other than Fernandes, United need someone with cuter passing, whon is a better all-round player than what they have now.’
Souness doesn’t dare say that United miss Pogba. That would cause his head to explode but there’s probably a lot of truth behind it at the moment.
The Frenchman was in great form before his injury and so were United.
None of us are wiser about Pogba’s future and it would be great if the club could sort that quickly rather than leave it drag on all summer.
The Reds are without Pogba again today for the Manchester derby.
They will need to be at their best in midfield to retain chunks of possession. I watched Man City take on Wolves earlier this week and they just sucked the life out their opponents by not giving up the ball.