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Carragher: Pogba isn’t as good as he thinks he is

Jamie Carragher has said that Paul Pogba is not as good as he thinks he is, as his future at Manchester United continues to be a subject of intense speculation.

Pogba is thought to have a strained relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the Frenchman has continued to put in inconsistent performances for the Red Devils.

He had been appointed as United’s second captain behind Antonio Valencia, but after his recent mistake against Wolves which led to the newly promoted Premier League side equalising and subsequent criticism of his managers tactics, he has now been stripped of that position.

Images have now emerged from Manchester United’s training session today which shows Mourinho and Pogba seemingly having a frosty exchange with each other, with former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher saying that the £89 million midfielder isn’t as good as he thinks he is.

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“There’s an idea that there’s one or the other. So if Mourinho goes, you’ll see a new Paul Pogba. You won’t, I can assure Man Utd fans, you won’t,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“Nobody plays for two years and all of a sudden there’s a change of manager and you’re a new player. We’ve see what Paul Pogba is as a player.

“He’s not as good as he thinks he is. He’s got talent, but his big problem is his understanding of the game. It’s been a problem since he came, and it hasn’t changed now.

“You can sum Paul Pogba’s Man Utd career up in the last two games. He scored a great goal against Young Boys, showing his quality, but then gets robbed of the ball on the halfway line, falls over, doesn’t break his neck to get back against Wolves and there’s an equalising goal. That sums him up.

“There’s talk of him moving on, leaving Man Utd. There’s other clubs in the world who haven’t got Paul Pogba who have been very successful. Barcelona being one.

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“I do think there is talent there, but talk of Barcelona? I can’t think of a more ill-fitting player for Barcelona. Barcelona are all about discipline, staying in position, playing for the team. That is totally against everything Pogba plays for. Pogba plays for himself, does his own thing.”

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