‘If this boy believes that he is the real deal at 25 then he won’t get any better’: Graeme Souness blasts Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba again after Chelsea mistake
- Paul Pogba let Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger lose him and then score from a corner
- Graeme Souness has regularly criticised the Manchester United midfielder
- He decided to question him again on Monday night after his latest error
Graeme Souness has criticised Paul Pogba again after his error against Chelsea at the weekend, suggesting he might never stop making big mistakes unless he changes his attitude.
The Manchester United midfielder allowed Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger to get away from him at a corner while he was marking him during the first half at Stamford Bridge.
Rudiger scored and, while United came back, that goal contributed to them being held to a draw by Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Paul Pogba has been questioned by ex-Liverpool midfielder and regular critic Graeme Souness
Souness suggested Pogba should have done far better when marking Antonio Rudiger
And Souness believes Pogba should have done better, claiming the 25-year-old should be perfectly suited to handling someone like Rudiger in that situation.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Souness said: ‘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.
‘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.
Rudiger got away from the midfielder and managed to head into the back of the United net
He insisted that Pogba has to continue improving and believe that he can still get better
‘You don’t have to be six foot four to prevent someone from getting a clear header at your goal. Someone my size could prevent Rudiger getting that header if you really wanted to.
‘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.
‘I’m seen as his biggest critic but his manager is not happy with him. I’ve been a manager and I’m saying to myself, like Jose will be saying to himself, “what a player this boy could be if you would just listen and learn”.
‘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.
‘He should be turning up every day listening to the manager, listening to the senior players and wanting to improve. I’m not sure if that is the case but I’ll come back to it, this boy could be a top, top player.’
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