Owen: Pogba would be one of the best under Guardiola or Klopp

VALENCIA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 12: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Valencia and Manchester United at Estadio Mestalla on December 12, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen believes Paul Pogba would thrive under the likes of Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp

The French midfielder has struggled to live up to the €105m transfer fee that United forked out to re-sign him from Juventus in 2016.

But Owen believes a lot of Pogba’s struggles come down to United manager Jose Mourinho.

“I think the manager has to take some of the blame – the system, the way he plays,” Owen told BT Sport on Twitter.

“I remember when he first signed they were trying all kinds of midfielders in and around him trying to get the best out of him.

“I feel sorry for him from that point of view but, as a player, it is frustrating when you watch him because he still looks like a 16 or 17-year-old learning the game.

“I think he could do a lot worse than just going to watch a load of videos of Paul Scholes – see when to play one touch, see when to take loads of touches, when to beat players…

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“I think he makes so many bad decisions in games, which is frustrating because if he was playing as he should… if he was playing under a Guardiola or a Klopp or someone like that I think we’d be looking at certainly one of the best few players in the world, but at the moment we can’t say that.”

Pogba made his first start for United since the beginning of the month in their 2-1 Champions League defeat to Valencia in Group H on Wednesday.


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