Paul Pogba’s Manchester United tenure simply never hit off on the bumper start it was expected to.
While the Frenchman has been a crucial presence at the club despite the recent murmurs linking him to an exit, there has always remained a hint of unsettling woes to his play week in and week out.
This has largely been due to the manner in which Jose Mourinho experiments with Pogba in his lineup, with a mixture of attacking and defensive midfield roles being assigned to him.
Now, Rio Ferdinand has opened up about what should be done with Pogba. Speaking to ESPN, the former United defender states: “That’s down to Mourinho to work that out.
“And I think that’s been the problem so far, they’ve not been able to work out what’s best for Paul Pogba in the Man United team. Should he be playing in a more deeper, reserved position? Should he be playing on the edge of all the attacks, assisting, providing chances, etc? Where is he best in this team?”
But his solution to Pogba’s evolution comes by comparing him to Cristiano Ronaldo: “Listen, he’s got an ego, that’s not hard to see on social media, this boy’s got an ego, wants to be looked at and talked about as the best player.
“Cristiano came as what we called a show pony, all the stepovers, looking good for the fans. He left the best player in the world, who lived and died by the end product. Goals and assists.”
The decorated centre-back goes on to add quite significantly: “So Paul Pogba can look at that as something to learn from there as well. What do I really need to do to make myself the best midfielder on this planet?
“I don’t think it’s in terms of players that you compare them, it’s the mentality side. And that’s where Cristiano Ronaldo beats down every player around. He’s an animal mentally. He’s just single-minded, fearless, and obsessed. Crazy combination.”
Will Pogba be able to pay heed to such an advice, or does further woe await him?