Gary Neville slams Paul Pogba for embarrassing performance against Chelsea

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Gary Neville has criticised Paul Pogba following an embarrassing performance against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old, deployed in the No.10 role, was a largely peripheral figure throughout the first-half, making several individual mistakes as Antonio Conte’s side took hold of proceedings.

He was then moved deeper – playing as a central midfielder alongside Ander Herrera in a 4-4-2 system – for the second-half and managed to exert a greater impact on the game, but ultimately failed in his attempt to make a mark on the encounter.

Neville, speaking on Sky Sports, was openly critical of Pogba after he failed to track N’Golo Kante for Chelsea’s fourth goal.

“It was embarrassing from Pogba and Herrera,” said Neville. 

“Kante just walked through them. They are the midfield players.

“Kante’s just walked through, Hazard’s just walked through. The first goal was just a joke. Man United have signed £180million worth of midfielders over the past few years and I still don’t know which is the best pair.”

One could hint in Pogba’s persona, for the first time in his Man United career, a level of frustration against Chelsea. He was characteristically committed all afternoon, looking to assert his authority through a mixture of aggression and technical skill, but with Mourinho’s men wilting from practically the first whistle, his performance always had a desperate, agitated feel about it.

And as the game went on, with Chelsea mercilessly hurting United on the break, Pogba grew visibly angry with everything, and as game petered out, so did he.

United fans will expect to see Pogba – an effervescent force against Fenerbahce last week – take to the field against Manchester City on Wednesday desperate to prove his worth.

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