‘He’s not a great player’ – Jamie Carragher attacks Paul Pogba


Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United should cash in on Paul Pogba as the midfielder is not a great player.

Pogba has shown glimpses of brilliance but has been inconsistent for Manchester United, and question marks have surrounded his future for the past few years at the club.

“He’s possibly never done well in any position or tactical set up that different managers have had,” Carragher told Adrian Durham on Drivetime.

“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.

“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 [Frank] Lampard at Chelsea, [Steven] Gerrard at Liverpool, Yaya Toure at Man City – those players drove their team to titles, European Cups.

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

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

Fernandes has become Solskjaer’s midfield leader since his arrival from Sporting and Carragher doesn’t believe the Portuguese midfielder and Pogba can play together – another reason for United to cash in on the 27-year-old.

“Manchester United have to play two holding midfield players because it’s been proven that when Pogba has played in one of those advanced positions – against Crystal Palace and Brighton – you got counter attacked and it was so open,” opined Carragher.

“Pogba cannot play central midfield because it leaves you too exposed. We highlighted that and analysed that on Monday Night Football.

“In terms of playing Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba ahead of one sitting midfielder, like Man City did under Pep Guardiola with [Kevin] De Bruyne and [David] Silva in those positions, we almost imagine that they float around the pitch and did what they wanted.

He continued: “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. I would be looking to take money for Pogba.”


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