Following Manchester United’s defeat at Newcastle United yesterday afternoon, Paul Pogba came in for a lot of criticism, with Thierry Henry since claiming that United don’t play to their players’ strengths, as reported by Goal.
Pogba has largely featured as a holding midfielder for United this season which has meant he has struggled to show his qualities in an attacking area and has been hooked off in recent weeks. He was also dropped for the Huddersfield game last weekend.
He was brought in for a club-record fee of £89 million in 2016 but hasn’t really lived up to the price tag yet after being a brilliant player at Juventus.
Alexis Sanchez arrived at the club in January and this has played a part in meaning that the role of Pogba has deepened in an attacking sense, pushing him further back.
Speaking after the game, Henry admitted that he feels as though Pogba is being misused.
I don’t think he is a holding midfielder. I didn’t think I was a winger but then I went to Barcelona and they asked me to do a job and [Jose] Mourinho is asking him to do a job. But does he have an impact on a game as a holding midfielder in the same way he had an impact against Everton or his Juventus days?
At Juventus he used to play in a certain position where they clearly didn’t trust him in the middle of the park so they played him more on the sides.
He continued and went on to add that comparisons with Chelsea star N’Golo Kante are unrealistic.
Then when he is on the ball he can have an amazing impact on the game. Can he do a job? Yes he can do a job, but is he N’Golo Kante? No.
Kante senses dangers and knows what the ball is going to be. But he has that in his DNA.