Paul Ince: Pogba is prioritising himself over his team mates

The former Manchester United midfielder says Pogba may be being played out of position – but sometimes you have to suck it up for the sake of the team...


David De Gea is the only world class player at Manchester United – Paul Pogba isn’t there yet. Him and Anthony Martial have the potential to be, but there’s still some way to go.

Fans of the club have an expectation of how they expect the team to play – and they just aren’t doing it at the minute. If United carry on playing the way they are, and forcing Pogba to play as a defensive player, you’re going to get supporters turning against you.

People are always going to start pointing the finger at him because of his price and because it’s an easy solution. They’re always going to suggest that he wants to leave, when the fact is, he’s not said that. I can totally understand why he as a player wants to play in his best position.

That being said, sometimes you should just do a job for the team.

You need to think about the rest of the players, rather than just focussing on yourself and whether you’re out of position. Sometimes, I feel like he prioritises himself over his teammates.

Let’s get one thing straight. Pogba is not a defensive midfield player. But at the minute, he doesn’t fit in the team and the balance isn’t right.

I’d go as far as to say that Lukaku, Sanchez and Pogba all on the same pitch just isn’t working out at the minute.

United’s attackers don’t know how to play together

Pogba has been made a scapegoat for the way the team are performing, when he’s the one being played out of position. But he isn’t the only problem.

If you put the Frenchman into Manchester City’s team, or even Tottenham’s team, you’ll see a better player. I don’t believe that the way Jose Mourinho has United playing is suited to him.

Sanchez looks as though he’s trying to do everything at once, there’s no connection between the players. When you look at Spurs, there are players who work together so well, like Kane, Eriksen, Dembele and Son.

They link up together – but it all feels disjointed in the United attack. They don’t know how to play with each other.

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