Paul Pogba is “not good enough” for Manchester United and they are better off without him, says Irish pundit Eamonn Dunphy.
After Paul Scholes stated he believed the £89m-rated French midfielder was “strolling through games”, Dunphy agreed with the Red Devils legend – and revealed that he did not think the player lived up to his price-tag.
“There’s an awful lot of hype merchants in the media and in the game saying that Pogba is an outstanding, but I agree with everything that Scholes has said,” Dunphy said on RTÉ 2fm’s Game On (via the Mirror).
“Paul Scholes is well qualified as a commentator, he was a great player. He calls things as he sees it and we should be grateful for that. This ‘magician’ called Pogba, well he never turns up.
“A price tag of £90m, well that’s ridiculous,” he continued.
“Pogba is not good enough. No matter what system Paul Pogba plays in, he is not a top player. United would be better off without him. He’s okay, if you paid £20million, you’d think you’d be getting a good deal.”
The Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford in 2016 from Juventus and has netted eight times in 42 Premier League games for the club. Though his debut season was dismissed as an underwhelming one, the midfielder has improved his form in this season, particularly in his last three games where, in the absences of Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, was able to drive himself forward and play in a more advanced role.
Dunphy, however, remains adamant that 24-year-old – who captained Manchester United for the past three games – is not having enough influence on the pitch given his expensive fee.
“He’s on the fringes of games, he hits these long 40-yard balls that are like lasers but they look better than they are.
“He doesn’t really have a football brain. When I look at games, I know where Pogba should be. Most of the guys writing about Pogba don’t have the knowledge to know what he should be doing.
“He’s pretty ordinary, he’s never going to get you more than eight or nine goals a season,” Dunphy said.
“At £90m, it was a statement signing from United. In other words, ‘We are Manchester United and we are in the big league, we can sign big cheques’. Pogba was the wrong guy to sign the cheque for.”
Manchester United face Derby in the FA Cup on Friday before Stoke in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho also blasted Scholes’ comments on Pogba, saying, according to Goal: “I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise. I don’t think he comments, I think he criticises which is a different thing… Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best all the time.
“Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well and sometimes he doesn’t play so well. It’s not Paul’s fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s just the way football is.”