Manchester United fans were clearly unhappy with Paul Pogba’s performance in the defeat to Brighton in the Premier League on Friday night.
The Frenchman started the match in his preferred 4-3-3 formation but failed to make the kind of impact that would justify Jose Mourinho altering his own preferred tactics.
The Portuguese manager is known for loving to use the 4-2-3-1 formation but has specifically altered it to a three man midfield just for Pogba’s sake.
The truth is that the midfielder has dominated in games and performed poorly in games that he was used in with either formation.
It’s simply come down to a matter of consistency and it’s clear what United fans think about Paul when it comes to performing regularly.
Paul Pogba is the midfield version of Mario Balotelli.
— Ian Mc (@McGlynnimino) May 4, 2018
Remember when we had consistent performers like Scholes, Giggs, Keane, Cristiano etc.
Yeah, Martial and Pogba don't do that, they show glimpses of class and Twitter erupts with statistics as a smokescreen for their lack of consistency.
And that was a disgraceful performance.
— Al Foran (@ImpressionistAL) May 4, 2018
Maybe this is why Ferguson let Pogba go…
— Jamie Paradise (@JamieParadise_) May 4, 2018
Losing any remaining patience with Pogba. Too often he's an ineffectual show pony when he should be bossing games like this.
— James (@writtenoff_mufc) May 4, 2018
I love pogba but been absolutely abysmal again tonight
— S (@SMaCM77) May 4, 2018
Paul Pogba is simply not consistent.
One game he gives you a 10/10, next game he gives 2/10 & another game is 5/10.
And the Frenchman always makes life difficult for himself.
Oya do simple pass he will start foolish leg-over and dribbles.
— Olaleye Dada (@olaleyedada) May 4, 2018
Paul Pogba is certainly making a case to not feature in the Red Devils’ FA Cup final against Chelsea or even to start with France in the World Cup.
A manager’s worst nightmare is an inconsistent player as it means the player is not reliable and therefore cannot be trusted regardless of pure ability or talent.
There’s no denying Pogba’s quality but if he fails to show it regularly then there’s no point and Jose Mourinho may quickly lose faith in him.