Ex-United star defends Pogba: “He doesn’t have Rakitic, Suarez or Messi!”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Paul Pogba of Manchester United controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Manchester United and FC Barcelona at Old Trafford on April 10, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Former goalkeeper Mark Bosnich believes it’s unfair to question Paul Pogba’s display against Barcelona due to the lack of “quality” support he has at Manchester United.

The French midfielder delivered an underwhelming performance at Old Trafford as United fell to a 1-0 first-leg defeat to Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final tie.

In fact, Pogba only managed 54 touches of the ball and made very little impact in United’s attempts to breakdown the Barcelona defence.

Ex-Red Devils striker Dion Dublin was disappointed by Pogba’s lack of creativity during the match and called for the 26-year-old and team-mate Romelu  Lukaku to up their game for next week’s return leg at Camp Nou.

But Bosnich has no doubts over Pogba’s “world-class” talent and instead believes that a lack of support was the real cause behind the former Juventus star’s struggles on Wednesday night.

“Without being disrespectful, some of the players around Pogba aren’t of the same quality of [Ivan] Rakitic, [Luis] Suarez or [Lionel] Messi,” Bosnich told talkSPORT.

“When you come up against some of those really top teams in Europe, you need to have people around you to help make you look good.

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“You also need the tactics to be on your side. You need the team set up to make sure you shine and I don’t think that was the case last night.

“Pogba’s a world-class player, there’s no doubt. I understand the frustration of people who basically want him to dominate and become the best player on the park.

“That will happen, but when you’re coming up against the best teams in the world, you need a lot of help.”

Despite the defeat, Bosnich remains positive over the progress made at United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.

He added: “If you said at Christmas, ‘Man United will be playing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final’, everyone would’ve said you were nuts.

“People shouldn’t get their expectations up too much.

“They came up against a team [Barcelona] which is one of the best in the world and has been for some time, so you’ve got to keep your expectations realistic.”

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 02: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on April 02, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on April 02, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)