Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright has questioned Paul Pogba’s attitude under Jose Mourinho following Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League.
The Frenchman enjoyed a torrid afternoon against Jurgen Klopp’s side, missing a glorious chance to put the home side ahead before giving away a penalty after 27 minutes.
Pogba’s continued to struggle in what was a furious midfield battle, seemingly unable to display his usual power and precision going forward.
And Wright, speaking after the game, was quick to criticise Pogba for failing to justify the hype currently surrounding his name.
“There seems to be a lot going on around Paul Pogba this week,” he said.
“His hashtag was all around the stadium. You give people the opportunity to point the finger at you.
“I know he’s a very enthusiastic, effervescent kind of guy but surely your performance on the pitch has to be 100 per cent.
“I find it baffling with Pogba. He’s had this week with the hashtag, the haircut, the emoji. I don’t think that would happen under Sir Alex Ferguson. I think it’s probably built into his contract.”
Pogba’s substandard performance against Liverpool was not, like some are suggesting, down to an emoji, or a hashtag, or a bit of yellow hair dye. These are irrelevant aspects of the Frenchman’s public profile that people, for some reason, point to whenever he fails to perform.
The bottom line, I guess, is that Pogba struggled today because, firstly, Liverpool’s superb pressing game precluded him from exerting his usual impact, which in turn hampered his confidence as the game went on and, secondly, because he is just 23, and even players of his standard can – believe it or not – have an off day once in a while.