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Former Manchester United player Teddy Sheringham has revealed the club has big problems and “Paul Pogba is one of them”.
Pogba has been out of the game for a long-term, after picking up an ankle injury in August. The French midfielder returned for few games, then having undergone a surgery to solve the ankle issue in the Netherlands.
The 26-year-old’s return date is still unclear, with fans having criticized the midfielder for lack of commitment to the Red Devils during his spell on the sidelines.
Recently Pogba has been linked with both his former club Juventus and the Catalan giants Real Madrid.
After United’s 2 – 0 loss to Liverpool, former Red Devils stars Roy Keane and Patrice Evra said it was time for Pogba to leave the club, amid Real Madrid’s reported interest.
Sheringham has agreed with them. He said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “There are big problems at Man United and I think Pogba is one of them. I know he hasn’t been playing for a couple of months, and we can’t blame him for what’s happening on the pitch now, but we’re still talking about him. When you look to your leaders as players, you want someone is going to give their all 100 per cent every game. He’s obviously a talented lad but his demeanour sometimes when you’re looking for people to dig deep doesn’t really go with the Man United fans and the way they’ve been brought up and the players they’ve seen over the years. You think about Bryan Robson and Roy Keane, with their desire to dig deep and turn things around, and you look at Pogba on the pitch trotting about – is he going to turn things around when things are bad? He hasn’t really dug deep at major times for Manchester United and I think people have had enough of him.”
The former United player also urged the club fans to back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the transfer market despite the hard times.
“There are definitely things wrong at Manchester United and they’ve got to change. I know from my time in managing that you need to change things around, but you can’t change things overnight. If they’re going to stick with Solskjaer, which I think they should do, they’ve got to back him. They have to give him two or three transfer windows and back him. You have to remember when Pep Guardiola came over he didn’t get Man City right straight away, it takes 12 or 18 months before your philosophies of football are ground into every player so they understand. You’ve got to give Ole a chance, give him another couple of windows and make sure he’s getting his players in before you blame him for what’s happening on the pitch. It takes time,” he added.