‘Let’s not get carried away by Pogba’ – Man Utd star yet to fully convince Liverpool legend Souness
The fex-Reds midfielder has been outspoken in his criticism of the World Cup winner and believes he can offer more despite enjoying a return to form.
Paul Pogba may be enjoying a return to form at Manchester United but Liverpool legend and outspoken critic of the World Cup winner, Graeme Souness, will not “get carried away” by a man who “downed tools” under Jose Mourinho.
The France international endured a fractious relationship with a former manager at Old Trafford, leading to him being relieved of vice-captaincy duties and stuck on the bench.
A change in the dugout, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer inheriting the reins, has delivered a reversal in fortune for all concerned, with Pogba back to his talismanic best.
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A flurry of goals and assists have been delivered by the 25-year-old but, ahead of a meeting with Liverpool on Sunday, Souness is yet to be fulLy convinced by an enigmatic talent.
The Reds icon said in The Times: “The stats show that United are running more than they were previously, putting in the hard yards for the new manager in terms of closing down and sprinting back, all the stuff that they weren’t doing for Mourinho.
“I was critical of Paul Pogba, in particular, but was I wrong? Look at the difference in him between then and now, and let’s not get carried away either: he never got a kick against PSG, then showed his frustration by lunging at Dani Alves and being sent off.
“I find it disappointing that all of them, not just Pogba, downed tools under Mourinho. I’d have hated to be accused of that in my career, but it appears to be the reality in the modern game when players want a manager out. It was as if they were on an unofficial strike. What else could it be other than that, when you look at the transformation from where they were to where they are now?”
“They have a different mindset now when they go out to play games. Victory this afternoon would also strengthen Solskjaer’s case for becoming the manager permanently, although I’d give it to him now anyway, as 11 wins from 13 games is title-winning form.”
United’s form under Solskjaer has lifted them into the Premier League’s top four.
They are, however, running into a Liverpool side chasing down a first top-flight title in 29 years, with Jurgen Klopp’s side aware that a positive result on Sunday will take them back to the summit.