EPL 2016/17: I expected more from Paul Pogba, says Jose Mourinho
Paul Pogba’s string of poor performances for Manchester United continued after yet another tame outing against Liverpool. This has led to Jose Mourinho expressing his dissatisfaction over the Frenchman’s level of play.
The Portuguese claimed that he expected more from Pogba during their match at Anfield. The 23-year-old was playing in a more advanced position against Liverpool and Mourinho was left wanting more from the £89million man. Although United’s best chance in the game came from Pogba’s cross, he did not dominate the game enough according to his manager.
Speaking about Pogba’s performance, Mourinho said: "Had it been 1-0, it would have been finished, where Pogba was playing, I was expecting more penetration. Defensively we did really well, we should have had a little bit more. We had a big chance that I thought Zlatan was going to score."
A feature of Pogba’s play against Liverpool was him giving away the ball in crucial areas as he could not live with Liverpool’s high pressing tactics. On a couple of instances, he had clear chances to play the ball to Daley Blind and Zlatan Ibrahimovic but the midfielder misplaced his pass. He failed to dominate the aerial balls and Dejan Lovren had the beating of him all night long.
Mourinho happy with the result
Despite an off-color Pogba on the night, United and Mourinho came away with a vital point against Liverpool who have started the season on a very positive note. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been scoring freely so far this season but had no answer to United’s defensive masterclass.
Highlighting United’s defensive dominance, Mourinho said: "Last season United won here. Liverpool had 14 shots on target and United had one. How many shots on target did Liverpool have? Two (official statistics recorded three). Two shots on target with 65 percent of possession. You have to be critical of Liverpool. It is their problem, not our problem."
Can Pogba turn his season around?
Yes, Pogba has not enjoyed a flying start to the campaign like many thought he would have had after his world record transfer from Juventus. However, he is too good a player to go an entire season without a string of impressive performances.
Mourinho is also yet to figure out his best starting XI and who will bring out the best from Pogba in United’s midfield. Once that is sorted, we will see the very best of the former Juventus man in a United shirt which will bring The Red Devils back in contention for this season’s Premier League title.
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