Robson urges United star Pogba to get back to basics

Joe Williams

Bryan Robson has backed Paul Pogba to get over this mixed start to life at Old Trafford and start firing on all cylinders for Manchester United.

Pogba joined the Red Devils in the summer for a world-record £89million fee from Serie A side Juventus and has since failed to live up to his price tag.

Similarly, in October 1981, Robson became the most expensive player in British transfer history when he moved to United from West Brom for £1.5million.

And the former England international thinks the transfer fee could be playing on the mind of the 23-year-old.

“I think the fee can weigh on him, it can do,” said Robson.

“I’ve seen it in quite a few players who’ve come to the club and it takes you a fair few months just to settle down and go back to your basics and play your own game.

“I think he’s doing okay. But it’s just okay at the moment — we know there is better to come from Paul.

“He’s a real talented lad and I’m sure when the team start getting a consistent run of good results then his confidence will come on and he will enjoy his football.”

Robson thinks Pogba will start coming good for United once he concentrates on getting “back to basics” and ignores the high fee paid for him.

“Going back to my own days when I was signed for £1.5m, a transfer record, I think sometimes you try too hard, try to do things you wouldn’t normally try to do.

“Then once you’ve been in (a while) you just relax, get back to your basics.

“I think that’s all Paul needs to do – get back to basics, enjoy his football, not be worrying about the transfer fee and I’m sure his form will come on because he does have the ability.”