KEY POINTS

  • Jamie Carragher says Paul Pogba hasn’t lived up to expectations
  • Carragher believes Manchester United is better without Pogba
  • Carragher thinks Man U should focus on Bruno Fernandes

As Paul Pogba continues to struggle this season, retired center-back Jamie Carragher couldn’t help but let out some harsh yet constructive criticism of the Manchester United prodigy.

The Red Devils have lost several high-profile matches, with the 27-year-old star constantly being benched by head coach Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. Carragher finds Pogba as an awkward fit in Manchester United's system.

"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," he told talkSPORT as quoted by Goal.

In United's 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League last Nov. 4, Pogba only saw action for  29 minutes on the field as a substitute.

Being a veteran of the sport, the Bootle-born skipper emphasized that Pogba’s performance as a Red Devil has yet to live up to the hype that he carries.

“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,” the former Liverpool star said.

“When you’re that man who’s seen as the one to take United to the next level, which people might as it’s too much pressure to put on one man, but that’s what we were told was coming,” he continued. 

Carragher believes that it will be best for the Old Trafford-headquartered club if they choose to part ways with the French footballer.

“It just hasn’t happened for him at Manchester United. For me, I’d be looking to move him on,” he stated.

As Manchester United seeks to address their miseries, Carragher suggests that they should look into how they could build the in-field chemistry between Pogba and Bruno Fernandes.

While the two are individually talented, having them play at the same time may bring more harm than good according to the 42-year-old pundit.

"Fernandes and Pogba are not disciplined," Carragher stressed. “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," he added. "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."

Manchester United will return to action after the international break as the club is set to take on West Bromwich Albion on Nov. 21 in the English Premier League. 

Paul Pogba is struggling to find a role at Manchester United Paul Pogba is struggling to find a role at Manchester United Photo: AFP / OZAN KOSE