Former Liverpool manager, Graeme Souness has said that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba is not a world class player. He said the French midfielder lacked understanding of his role as a central midfielder.
Souness said the player had failed to impose himself on any big game since his arrival at Old Trafford. He said the 24-year-old failed to track back in his side’s 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow in their final group game of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
He was quick to dismiss suggestions that he could be shading the player because of the Manchester United-Liverpool rivalry saying the player’s deficiencies were noticeable even while he was at Juventus.
“When he is on the ball, there’s lots of things to admire. He’s powerful, he’s got good technique, he can wrong foot people, he can ping the ball,” Souness told Irish television channel TV3.
“Where I question him, whether he’ll ever be a top player, is his understanding of the game. This isn’t me being an ex-Liverpool player caning a Man United player. I thought the same when he was a Juventus player.
“That is basic stuff you learn in the youth team. He’s 24 years old if he’s not got it now when is he going to get it?
“He hasn’t taken a big game by the scruff of the neck and dominated it. He hasn’t got a basic understanding of his position, I can’t see that changing.”
Pogba is currently serving a three-match ban in the Premier League after he was red-carded for a challenge on Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin. He will miss the Manchester derby on Saturday.