Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp thinks Pep Guardiola would be able to get the best out of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in 74 appearances since he re-signed at Old Trafford from Juventus in an £89million club-record deal.
Pogba’s reintroduction to English football has had its ups and downs with him starting this season really well before being sidelined for two months at the end of last year.
The 24-year-old has not quite been at his best in recent weeks with manager Jose Mourinho taking him off in their recent 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United.
And Redknapp thinks that Guardiola would be able to maximise his ability in comparison to the levels that Mourinho is currently getting out of the France international.
“I can’t believe we’ve got to this situation so quickly, because when he got sent off against Arsenal, everyone was rolling out the stats that Manchester United can’t play without him,” he told Sky Sports.
“Everyone said that he was indispensable but now everyone is saying he’s useless again. When things are good, he’s the best player in the world. And now because of his price tag he’s getting slaughtered.
“I think Mourinho has a big responsibility with him, it’s his job. Everyone expects him to be this big confident player, but I think deep down he needs to be loved.
“Taking him off against Tottenham, that’s not how you’re going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low.
“I’m not saying you need to pander to him but I don’t see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers.
“I just don’t think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him. Pep’s the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels like he’s taking him on.
“This isn’t a kid he’s dealing with, he’s one of the biggest assets in world football. Mourinho is asking for a war now with current players.
“With Pogba’s power in that dressing room, Mourinho has got to be very careful. I don’t see the benefit in upsetting one of your star players.”
Planet Sport exclusive: Umpire: Officials shouldn’t be pally with players. (Tennis365)