In Tuesday’s Champions League tie with Atalanta, the Frenchman struggled to impress, throwing the ball away on several occasions.

Paul Pogba

Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, both former Manchester United players, have criticized Paul Pogba’s performance in the 2-2 draw with Atalanta, with the former suggesting that the Frenchman “will be doing the same foolish stuff” at 35.

United fell behind twice in Bergamo but rallied to grab a point in the Champions League group stage tie, with Cristiano Ronaldo once again being the hero by scoring a crucial late goal to save the Red Devils.

“He needs somebody talking to him all the time, someone there who he totally respects and is experienced,” Scholes told BT Sport after the game. 

“He is a really experienced player, but he will get to 35 and will be doing the same stupid stuff, stud-rolling the ball – and people know it.

“The biggest thing with the player is his concentration – he goes away with the fairies sometimes.

“At Juventus he was excellent and that’s why we signed him, but you look at [players around him] – [Andrea] Pirlo, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Gianluigi] Buffon, an aggressive manager, telling him all the time and he will need that kind of treatment until he is 35.” 

“I thought he (Pogba) took liberties a few times, he was a bit sloppy,” Ferdinand added. “Sometimes you just need to be told ‘sharpen up, play one or two touches’.

“He needs to be telling himself that he didn’t do well enough. There are not those [critical] conversations going on in our changing room.

“There’s not a player in the world that starts every game perfectly.”


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