Former Crystal Palace and Everton manager Sam Allardyce has slammed Paul Pogba after Manchester United thumped Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side started the season with a bang as goals by Anthony Martial and Daniel James as well as a brace from Marcus Rashford handed United a brilliant start to their campaign.
Pogba featured and dominated the midfield alongside Scott McTominay and Andreas Pereira but Allardyce believes that the Frenchman should play in a more advanced role as he is too wasteful in possession.
Paul Pogba has NOT improved at Manchester United and should simplify his game, claim Sam Allardyce and Dean Saunders on talkSPORT https://t.co/DBX2fhKF0k— Football News (@eurofootb) August 12, 2019
‘How much has he learned since he’s been at Manchester United?’ Allardyce told talkSPORT. The former manager continued, "Unfortunately for me, he hasn’t improved his game. ‘We’ve seen the best from him sometimes when he’s playing behind the front two, like at Manchester City away when he scored two goals."
He further stated, "For me that looks like the position best for him, best suited to the tricks and the abilities he wants to pull off. Doing in central midfield in a two, it just doesn’t work for Man United and it doesn’t work for him."
Revealing what makes Pogba most effective on the field, Allardyce concluded, "When Pogba plays the ball simply he looks very effective. But when he tries to do drag backs and step overs he’s lost the ball every time. He needs to cut it out in the position he’s playing in. If he was playing in behind the front-man, then I could understand it a little bit more. But he was causing Man United more problems than he was causing Chelsea on the ball."