Carragher: Pogba not good enough for ‘special status’

Debate around what the best position of Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba is, has continued to rage this week.


The general consensus is that the France international struggles with the defensive duties required when playing in a two man central midfield.

Many pundits have pointed out that he would perform best when playing in an advanced role on the left of midfield, a role he thrived in for Juventus, before his mega money return to Old Trafford.

United manager Jose Mourinho has also come in for criticism for his inability to get the best out of his star man. However, the Portuguese coach hit back at critics this week, insisting that no matter what position you play in, if you want to be successful, a player much be tactically disciplined.

Yesterday former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher entered the debate. Writing in the Telegraph the former England international insists that Pogba has still not shown enough to warrant exclusion from defensive duties.

“Every so often players come along who are brilliant but flawed. Such is their ability to decide games, their weaknesses have to be accepted and teams built around them,”

“Does Paul Pogba come into this category at Manchester United? No. He has not done enough to warrant such special status.” said the 40-year-old.


Pogba is undoubtedly a hugely talented player, with his three goals and nine assists so far this season, showing what a creative force he can be.

However, whether or not he possesses the tactical discipline required of a central midfielder in big games, is still unclear.

Pogba was dropped for United’s Champions League clash against Sevilla midweek, although due to Ander Herrera’s injury early in that game, he is in line to start his sides crunch Premier League encounter against Chelsea at Old Trafford this Sunday.

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