Graeme Souness attacks Paul Pogba yet AGAIN: Liverpool legend claims £89m midfielder is ‘an absolute doddle to play against’ and blasts his ‘star of the show’ attitude in latest rant about United man
- Football pundit Graeme Souness has criticised Paul Pogba once again
- The Manchester United midfielder has played just twice since September
- Souness has criticised Pogba’s attitude and says he would get the better of him
- The former Liverpool captain says Pogba’s game ‘is the polar opposite of mine’
Graeme Souness has criticised Paul Pogba once again, saying the Manchester United midfielder would be ‘an absolute doddle to play against.’
French World Cup winner Pogba has often been on the receiving end of Souness’ wrath, particularly in the past few seasons when his fitness and attitude have been questioned.
Now, asked by The Sunday Times on how he would treat Pogba if he were his team-mate, former Liverpool skipper Souness did not need a second invitation to have a dig at the £90m star about his mentality.
Manchester United star Paul Pogba is on the receiving end of Graeme Souness’ wrath again
Souness has been critical of the Frenchman’s attitude and injury record in the past
March 2020 – Souness slams Pogba’s lengthy absence through injury and claims the midfielder doesn’t want to play for Manchester United
August 2019 – Souness thinks players in the Manchester United dressing room don’t want Pogba there
October 2018 – Souness blasts Pogba after mistake against Chelsea and says he needs to change his attitude
February 2018 – Souness compares Pogba’s style to a ‘schoolboy running around in the playground’
‘Pogba has absolutely everything to be a top player – great athleticism, super technique – but his attitude to the game is the polar opposite of mine,’ Souness said.
‘He goes out with one thought in his mind: ‘I’m going to show everyone how clever I am today and be the star of the show.
‘My attitude, the way I was taught, was: “Go out and work harder than the guy you’re in against and see where that takes you.”
‘He’d be an absolute doddle to play against.’
This season, Pogba has been out of action for the majority, having played just twice since September amid ankle problems and he is yet to score.
That has not stopped the 27-year-old being criticised by Souness though, with the Sky Sports pundit saying at the beginning of the month: ‘I see him dancing at a wedding, I see him shooting hoops… the cynic in me is thinking he doesn’t want to be at United.
‘How can you not want to play for Man United, if that’s the case?’
Souness won the European Cup in 1984 and says he would’ve got the better of Pogba
PAUL POGBA IN 2019-20
- Appearances: 8
- Goals: 0
- Assists: 2
- Yellows/Reds: 0/0
Statistics in all competitions according to Tranfermarkt
Last year, Souness questioned Pogba’s attitude again, saying ‘Paul Pogba plays for himself, it’s all about how cool he looks, showing us how clever he is.
‘I reckon Pogba’s only in the team to maintain his transfer value until United can sell him, because he doesn’t merit his place for any other reason.’
Also, in October 2018, the 66-year-old suggested Pogba might never stop making big mistakes after he made an error against Chelsea during the final months of Jose Mourinho’s helm at Old Trafford.
‘I think they’ve run out of patience with him, you cannot as a manager keep saying “this is what you need to do.”
‘As Joe Fagan would say – the great Joe Fagan would say – “we’ll tell you once, we’ll tell you twice, and if you don’t get it you won’t be here very long”, and it was as brutal as that.
The £90m star has only played twice since September due to problems with his ankle
‘This boy has been blessed with the most wonderful athleticism, he’s six foot four, I’m sure he can leap like a stag and run like the wind. You’d think this was tailor-made for him.
‘He’s got fabulous technique, he’s got fabulous athleticism, but for me he just doesn’t do the basics right. But there is a player there.
‘Even at 25 you never stop learning in this game. If this boy believes that he is the real deal at 25 then he won’t get any better.’
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