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Ex Man Utd coach says Pogba form is ‘normal’

Former Manchester United coach and assistant manager Steve McClaren has said that Paul Pogba’s form is ‘normal’ following a furore of criticism for the midfielder.

The Frenchman has been widely slated by sections of the media for a couple of insipid displays in recent weeks, especially away against Tottenham and Newcastle, games in which United both lost.

His form caused Jose Mourinho to staunchly defend his star player during his press conference, although he didn’t play him during the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield on Saturday.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 5Live, McClaren said that his current form is just a ‘normal dip’.

“Pogba is a player who was finding his feet last season in the Premier League.

“The start of this season I thought he was United’s best player. But when you come back from an injury you are either on fire straight away or it takes a few games.

“He’s having a dip and that’s all he’s having. He’s not happy with his performances. It’s normal and natural.

“He’s out of form coming back from injury – that’s it. This happens all the time.

“Mourinho is taking control of the situation.”

McClaren was the assistant manager to Sir Alex Ferguson between 1999 and 2001, before leaving to fulfil his own management ambitions.