Thierry Henry has backed Paul Pogba to become one of the world’s best players, as long as he finds out what he’s most capable of doing first.
Pogba returned to Manchester United this summer for a world-record fee of £100 million from Juventus. Having initially left the club in 2012 in search of more game time, the Frenchman quickly established himself as one of the world’s best box-to-box midfielders during his time in Turin. Expectations were heavy on his second coming at Old Trafford – as you would imagine for the most expensive football player of all time.
However, despite a fantastic display against Leicester City at Old Trafford, in which he scored, the 23-year-old has otherwise failed to deliver.
He has looked out of sorts, and as Paul Scholes described it, all over the place. This is mainly down to Jose Mourinho not knowing where his best position lies, a question even the player himself struggles to answer.
“When I went to see him, I asked him the question ‘what do you do very well?’ and he said himself said he didn’t know,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“He’s better for me when he’s closer to the box. When he’s around there he can see a clearer picture.
“He likes to play left winger but he wasn’t a left winger, he was always coming in early to let Patrice Evra bomb forward.
“He didn’t like to do a lot defensively because he had the likes of [Claudio] Marchisio covering for him.
“I think he has the quality to become one of the best. He’s going to need to find what he’s good at, once he’s done that, no one’s going to stop him.”
United have a couple of crunch fixtures on the way, with back to back games against Liverpool, Feyenoord, Chelsea and then Manchester City, and many believe it is now or never for Pogba to step up to the mark and show his class.
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— José Mourinho-MUFC (@Utd_JM) October 17, 2016