Another gloomy day in the life of Manchester United football club, as a midweek loss to Valencia in the Champions League did nothing but increase frustration among the supporters and grow tension around the future of Jose Mourinho.
A performance that had zero conviction, no willingness to win, and an absence of innovations from the training pitch has left the pundits curious about the players of United and the effort being put in by them.
One man who has surely failed to impact the current campaign, and is having probably the worst patch of his club football career, is Paul Pogba.
The French midfielder was almost invisible throughout the game on Wednesday night, and when he was presented with a golden opportunity to equalise for United from a few yards out, he failed to tap the ball into an empty net.
While the world was busy criticizing the player, Michael Owen said on BT Sport: “I get very frustrated watching him because I know he’s better than what we see week in week out.
“I’m almost siding with him because I don’t think the way the team plays or the way the manager manages him is conducive to getting the best out of him.”
The former England international also had a word of advice for Pogba, as he added: “I think he could do a lot worse than just going to watch a load of videos of Paul Scholes – see when to play one touch, see when to take loads of touches, when to beat players.”
There is no denying the fact that attack is what Paul Pogba loves to do on the pitch, but with the team playing in this manner and the manager rigid in his ways, things don’t seem to be changing anytime soon.