Jamie Carragher and Jermaine Jenas have questioned the Manchester derby performance of Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman played the full 90 minutes on Saturday as Manchester United slipped to a 2-1 defeat to bitter rivals Manchester City.
Signed for £89.3million in the summer, the world’s most expensive player showed flashes of brilliance, but was generally not good enough to influence the game at Old Trafford.
Our 16 Conclusions were particularly unimpressed with the 23-year-old, as were watching pundits.
“The performance of Paul Pogba, especially in the first half, was so undisciplined,” Carragher told Sky Sports on Saturday.
“He was everywhere but central midfield. He should have been alongside Fellaini building himself into the game.”
Jenas, speaking to Match of the Day 2, said that Jose Mourinho should have signed Luka Modric instead.
“He doesn’t know his best eleven yet,” Jenas said of the manager.
“The Pogba situation needs sorting out. They bought him for £89m; if you want a holding type midfield player and you want to spend that type of money on someone who’s going to dictate the game, go and buy Luka Modric. He’ll run you a game from start to finish.
“He was at Juve with people like Pirlo and Vidal getting on the ball, and he had more of a freedom in his game. Yesterday and since he’s started at United, the shackles are on him a little bit in that two in midfield.
“If he’s their star man, release him. Give him the freedom to go and play how he wants. Put two midfielders in there that are going to get the ball and get him the ball to be creative.”