Pogba starred for United in the game against Leicester but struggled to replicate his form on Sunday. The Reds were defeated by Brighton and Paul Scholes has questioned the attitude of United’s record signing. The Frenchman has scored two goals from the spot this year but has seen his leadership qualities doubted by Scholes.
The former English midfielder initially backed Mourinho’s decision to hand the armband to Pogba. Despite returning to training just four days prior to United’s opening fixture, the former Juventus man starred for his side. However, after Sunday’s feeble showing against a newly promoted side, he has been blasted by a former Red Devil.
The French World Cup winner has been singled out by Scholes. When questioned about Pogba’s struggles he said,“There’s a lack of leaders in the team, that’s why we thought Paul Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be that leader but he wasn’t there. He had another really poor game. He’s so inconsistent.”
While Pogba admitted that United did not have the correct attitude for Brighton game, Scholes was further disappointed by the midfielder’s assessment. He added,“I hope that is lost in translation. There is no defence for that comment, there is no defence for it.”
Paul Scholes on Paul Pogba: “We thought Paul Pogba might be the ideal candidate to be Man United’s leader but he wasn’t there yesterday. He’s so inconsistent.” pic.twitter.com/28nvCn3YfG
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“You say it to yourself, don’t you? You’re constantly saying to yourself: ‘Attitude right, make sure it’s right.’ You don’t need other people to tell you. You don’t need a manager to tell you that or your team-mates.”
After a disappointing transfer window, the Reds are struggling. They are 10th in the table after two games and will play Spurs next week. A display as toothless as yesterday’s will mean doom for them against a resilient Tottenham side.
While it is still early in the season, United’s football style and philosophy look no better than last term. One also needs to understand that after last year their biggest rivals Liverpool and Chelsea have both strengthened their ships. So, a second place finish by any means won’t be of much value for Mourinho. Bigger tests await the Portuguese boss and his team will have a tough road ahead if the trend continues like this.