'Why Pogba is struggling at United'
Posted: 12 December 2018 Time: 15:30
Manchester United legend Paul Ince believes the club-record signing Paul Pogba is not cut out for the Premier League.
United's performances have improved in the absence of their £89m midfielder and former midfielder Paul Ince who spent six glittering seasons at Old Trafford between 1989 to 1994 believes it's exposed the flaws of the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.
The former England star had a spell in Italy with Inter Milan after he left United in 1995 and he suggests Pogba may be better suited to return to the Juventus Stadium if handed the opportunity.
"It was easier for him in Italy," Ince told the Independent. "Juventus were winning the Italian title every year and maybe he could get away with the odd bad game, the odd mistake here and there, but that won't work in the Premier League.
"I played in Italy and I can see why Pogba would fit in there. The speed of their game is slower, you can lose the ball and not get punished for it, but there is an intensity to the Premier League and that makes it special.
"If Pogba gives the ball away in a dangerous area against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, there is a good chance Liverpool will score 10 seconds later and that's why Mourinho can't risk playing him in that game.
"You don't have time to dally on the ball here and teams now know that Pogba can switch off and do a silly flick at the wrong moment that will get his team into trouble," Ince added.
"Mourinho might play Pogba against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday night in a game that doesn't matter too much to United, but if he picks Pogba to play against Liverpool on Sunday and he goes to sleep at a crucial moment, his team will not get away with it."