Jamie Carragher says Paul Pogba’s huge downfall is his lack of “understanding of the game” and he does not believe he will improve even if Jose Mourinho leaves.
The pair had an awkward exchange in front of the TV cameras with Mourinho believed to be unhappy with the timing of an Instagram post from Pogba during Tuesday night’s penalty defeat to Derby in the Carabao Cup.
That was a day after Mourinho, who denied there had been a fall-out after the cup defeat, had stripped the World Cup winner of the vice-captaincy, reportedly in front of his United team-mates.
Speaking on Sky Sports last night, Carragher said: “There’s a power-play here going on, and I think Jose Mourinho is well aware there’s cameras there.
“If you’re asking me, because it looks like Mourinho or Pogba, it’s Jose Mourinho. They’ve both been there the same amount of time. I think Jose Mourinho has done more than Pogba in that time.
“Another question is, should he be getting more out of a £90m player? In terms of Paul Pogba, I don’t know if he’s worth the hassle for what he gives on the pitch.”
Carragher insisted that a change in the manager would also not guarantee a new Pogba and he claimed the 25-year-old’s opinion of himself is over inflated.
“There’s an idea that there’s one or the other. So if Mourinho goes, you’ll see a new Paul Pogba. You won’t, I can assure Man Utd fans, you won’t,” said Carragher.
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“Nobody plays for two years and all of a sudden there’s a change of manager and you’re a new player. We’ve see what Paul Pogba is as a player.
“He’s not as good as he thinks he is. He’s got talent, but his big problem is his understanding of the game. It’s been a problem since he came, and it hasn’t changed now.
“You can sum Paul Pogba’s Man Utd career up in the last two games. He scored a great goal against Young Boys, showing his quality, but then gets robbed of the ball on the halfway line, falls over, doesn’t break his neck to get back against Wolves and there’s an equalising goal. That sums him up.
“I still think he’s good enough to be in Manchester United’s team, but is he disciplined enough to do what Mourinho wants? I don’t think he is.
“People talk about Matic coming in, Fred coming in to help Pogba. Help yourself! I’m sick of excuses for big players and managers ‘not getting the best’ out of you.
“I had five or six managers at Liverpool. I might have played slightly better with certain managers over others, but I think in the main I played at my level, whether that was good or bad, whatever that was!
“Don’t be expecting a different player if Jose Mourinho leaves Manchester United. You won’t get it.”
Pogba has been linked with a return to Juventus, while Barcelona are also believed to be tracking his situation, but Carragher doubts whether he has the discipline to make it at the Camp Nou.
“There’s talk of him moving on, leaving Man Utd. There’s other clubs in the world who haven’t got Paul Pogba who have been very successful. Barcelona being one,” added Pogba.
“I do think there is talent there, but talk of Barcelona? I can’t think of a more ill-fitting player for Barcelona. Barcelona are all about discipline, staying in position, playing for the team. That is totally against everything Pogba plays for. Pogba plays for himself, does his own thing.”