Niall Quinn: Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have not been good enough

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester City striker Niall Quinn believes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba have not been good enough at Manchester United this season.

Both Zlatan and Pogba were drafted in by Jose Mourinho over the summer, sending shockwaves of excitement across the club’s entire fanbase.

However, the pair have struggled to fully acclimatise at Old Trafford, with many criticising their inability to produce powerful performances on a constant basis.

Quinn, speaking on Sky Sports after Man United’s 3-1 win over Swansea on Sunday, was quick to point the finger at both Zlatan and Pogba.

“The best story of the summer was Paul Pogba’s return to Old Trafford,” he said.

“It was the sort of deal which would have Sir Alex Ferguson spinning in his VIP box and screaming to be let out.

“The idea to write about the form of the big summer transfers came before Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic spent Sunday afternoon pawing the dead mouse that is Swansea.

“But even taking into account that the win was United’s best performance outside of England this year, the jury must still be out on Pogba and Zlatan.

“United look like a troubled club and at the moment the guys picking up the heaviest wage packets every month have not been performing on match days.”

“Pogba, meanwhile, thrived in a different midfield set up in a different league that is played at a different pace.”

Sunday’s win over Swansea – characterised by a rip-roaring first half performance – has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Yes, Mourinho’s men were excellent, but one has to acknowledge how meek Bob Bradley’s side were. The home side trudged around the pitch with the sound of “we want our club back” emanating from the stands. It was, at least to me, a sobering dose of perspective: United aren’t a club in turmoil; this is a club in turmoil.

That said, even against a confidence-sapped side with only one Premier League win all season, Pogba and Ibrahimovic demonstrated their class in Wales. Both players ran riot against Swansea, posing an incessant threat in the first 45 minutes, reminding the entire footballing world that, despite a slow start, this is a team packed with world class talent.

United fans will hope to see the pair replicate such a storming effect in games of a higher magnitude this season.

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