Liverpool legend on why Pogba will never be a top player

Date published: Wednesday 6th December 2017 8:59

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness thinks Paul Pogba’s poor “understanding of the game” will ultimately cost him the chance of being one of the best players in the world.

Pogba has been one of Manchester United’s standout performers this season with Jose Mourinho’s side missing the midfielder when he was sidelined for two months through injury earlier this year.

The France international has scored three goals and provided five assists in just eight Premier League appearances this campaign for the Red Devils.

However, following Pogba’s performance in United’s 2-1 victory over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night, Souness was not impressed with the 24-year-old despite providing an assist in the second half.

“When he is on the ball, there’s lots of things to admire,” Souness told Irish television channel TV3. “He’s powerful, he’s got good technique, he can wrong foot people, he can ping the ball.

“Where I question him, whether he’ll ever be a top player, is his understanding of the game.

“This isn’t me being an ex-Liverpool player caning a Man Utd player. I thought the same when he was a Juventus player.

“That is basic stuff you learn in the youth team.

“He’s 24 years old if he’s not got it now when is he gonna get it?

“He hasn’t taken a big game by the scruff of the neck and dominated it.

“He hasn’t got a basic understanding of his position, I can’t see that changing.”

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