Regular Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Paul Pogba would ‘shine’ under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The French midfielder has had a difficult few weeks, being hauled off in the 2-0 defeat to Tottenham after he seemingly had a heated discussion with Jose Mourinho on the touchline. He was dropped for United’s next game before being restored to the lineup for United’s defeat to Newcastle, where he was once again replaced.
He had a truly awful game at St James’ Park although it did look as if he was carrying an injury, something Jose Mourinho denied.
Now, speaking to Sky Sports Debate programme, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes that he would shine under Pep Guardiola. He said:
“I can’t believe we’ve got to this situation so quickly, because when he got sent off against Arsenal, everyone was rolling out the stats that Manchester United can’t play without him.
“Everyone said that he was indispensable but now everyone is saying he’s useless again. When things are good, he’s the best player in the world. And now because of his price tag he’s getting slaughtered.
“I think Mourinho has a big responsibility with him, it’s his job. Everyone expects him to be this big confident player, but I think deep down he needs to be loved.
“Taking him off against Tottenham, that’s not how you’re going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low.
“I’m not saying you need to pander to him but I don’t see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers. I just don’t think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him.
“Pep’s the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels like he’s taking him on. This isn’t a kid he’s dealing with, he’s one of the biggest assets in world football.
“Mourinho is asking for a war now with current players. With Pogba’s power in that dressing room, Mourinho has got to be very careful. I don’t see the benefit in upsetting one of your star players.”