No one at Manchester United is enjoying the club’s start to the 2019-20 Premier League season, and not a single soul in the locker room can say he’s proud of his own individual performances through the campaign’s first eight games.
Perhaps chief among them is Paul Pogba, who begrudgingly remained at the club after he was denied a transfer to Real Madrid in the summer. Pogba is hardly the only one falling well short of the Man United standard, but he’s the only player at the club who was once the world’s most expensive signing, so he’ll forever be first in line for criticism.
Everyone, including fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger, will always have an opinion about Pogba, and no one will be shy to share it. Wenger, for it’s worth, believes Pogba’s problem is twofold: he’s been injured all season and he’s clearly unsettled after wanting away but being forced to stay at Old Trafford — quotes from the Manchester Evening News:
“First of all, I think Paul Pogba, since the start of the season, has never been completely fit, injury-wise.
“I saw him the other day against Arsenal and he doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s a player that who has big physical power and he needs to be perfectly fit physically.
“After that, when the player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship. The thing that suffers is the performances.
“I personally think he behaves as well that he knows Man United are not the team, at the moment, to compete for the Championship. Plus, the fact he was stopped from going away it looks like that the two together a little bit tarnish his performances”
Two full months into the season, United sit 12th in the PL table with just nine points from their first eight games. They already trail rivals Liverpool and Manchester City by 15 and 7 points, respectively, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks no different to the man who was fired as Cardiff City manager after just eight months in charge back in 2014.