KEY POINTS

  • Manchester United is in hot water for recent losses
  • Paul Pogba has only seen limited minutes on the field
  • Paul Ince urges Pogba to step up before thinking about future plans

As Manchester United continues to be on the receiving end of harrowing losses in their high-profile matches this season, it leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of retired player Paul Ince as he sees things falling apart for his former club.

While everyone on the Manchester United side is looking for solutions to solve the problem, Ince has urged each member on the roster to get their act together, including French star Paul Pogba who has been rumored to be requesting his transfer to Real Madrid.

In the Red Devils' 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, Pogba only saw action for 29 minutes on the field as a substitute.

Ince admires Pogba as an athlete, but he believes that the versatile midfielder has caused multiple issues since rejoining the club four years ago

“I love Pogba. I think he’s a world-class player on his day. We saw that at Juventus. But since he’s come to Manchester United, it’s been nothing but problems,” he told Ladbrokes.

“Under Jose Mourinho and things with his agent, there’s always something. His performances haven’t been up to scratch. The fans have almost gone against him."

Pogba has long been linked to joining Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane’s watch, but he remains under contract at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022.

Despite these rumors, Ince believes that Pogba should focus on his current role.

“If I was playing with him, I’d be saying ‘listen, you just go out there and play. Go out there and start performing. Once you start performing like you should be performing, then you can talk about wanting to sign for Real Madrid because at the moment you can’t even get into the Man United side,’” Ince stressed.

“If I’m Paul Pogba, I’m sitting on the bench thinking ‘hang on, I’ve got Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes all playing in midfield and I’m sat on the bench? There’s got to be something wrong with me.”

As Manchester United seeks to address their woes, Ince suggests that head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should now look deeper into his lineup by maximizing other wards such as Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes.

“Man United is not about Paul Pogba,” he stated.

The Red Devils look to shrug off their most recent setback as they take on Everton in the English Premier League this coming Saturday.

paul-pogba Midfielder Paul Pogba is one of Manchester United's biggest stars. Photo: Getty