Low on confidence
Jamie Redknapp thinks Paul Pogba has an issue with his confidence, and that while people think the midfielder has total faith in his abilities, sometimes that may not be the case.
The pundit noted that his off the field persona, along with his image could well contribute to the feeling he is someone who has total faith in his ability, and is not bothered by being dropped or any criticism that may come his way.
“What we see with Pogba is that everyone expects him to be this big, confident player,” Redknapp told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“Everything that goes with Pogba, the outfits, the boots, the emojis and hashtags.
“Deep down he’s not the most confident player in the world.
“You saw that against Newcastle at the weekend – his confidence is really low.”
One thing that has become increasingly clear is there is an issue in the middle of the park for United.
They don’t seem to be playing the ball forward quickly enough – though that could be said about the entire team, and there are obvious issues elsewhere on the field, especially in defence, but the fact remains, having two in the middle with Pogba being tasked with a more defensive role isn’t currently working for the club, and that will be something Mourinho will want to rectify.
Even if United manage to come on strong towards the end of the season, smart money is on the United boss looking to bring in players come the summer and a defensive midfielder will be top of that list – especially given Michael Carrick is set to retire and join the coaching staff and Mourinho seems to have totally lost faith in Ander Herrera, who could well look to leave the club in search of more time on the field.