Graeme Souness vs Paul Pogba
Manchester United are back in action on Sunday as they head to St James’ Park.
Ahead of the Newcastle game, former Magpies manager Graeme Souness has penned his weekly column for the Sunday Times.
In it, Souness has gone after Man United’s record signing Paul Pogba.
With Man United hoping to move 13 points behind Man City with a win over Newcastle, is Pogba delivering on his 100 million euro price tag?
For Souness the answer is clearly no.
‘Pogba struggles against the best’
Pogba was left out of the team for the 2-0 win over Huddersfield at Old Trafford last weekend.
However the French international is expected to be in Jose Mourinho’s XI on Sunday.
This season the 24-year-old has scored three Premier League goals and chipped in with nine assists in 15 games. Yet Souness has blasted Pogba in the broadsheet:
(Pogba) still doesn’t understand what is required to play that position properly.
Pogba simply cannot be one of two in central midfield. You cannot rely on him. Against the lesser teams you’ll get away with it, but against the better teams you’re not going to.
He plays like a schoolboy running after the ball in the playground.
Newcastle United vs Man United
Rafa Benitez’s struggling Newcastle United side welcome Manchester United to St James’ Park this weekend. The visitors haven’t lost away to Newcastle since 2012.
An incredible 31 points separate the two sides ahead of kick off with Man United fighting to stay in the top four whereas Newcastle are battling against relegation.
The Magpies are without a win in their last 5 whilst United have dropped points just once, in 2018.
Newcastle took the lead at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture before a rampant United side responded with four goals to claim all three points.
Its likely to be a similar result this time around in the North East as Newcastle haven’t won at home (in the league) since October.
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