Paul Ince slams Pogba’s display against Barca: “Another off day”

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 10: Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts 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)

Paul Pogba had another forgettable outing for Manchester United during their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Barcelona, says Paul Ince.

The French midfielder came up short for United as they attempted to breakdown a resilient Barcelona defence on Wednesday.

Luke Shaw’s early own goal had put United in a tricky spot as they sought to avoid a first-leg home defeat in their quarter-final tie.

Yet Pogba was unable to come up with any sort of creative spark against a star-studded Barcelona squad, with United failing to register a single one of their 10 shots on target.

The 26-year-old’s performance was defended by former Red Devils keeper Mark Bosnich, who instead believes that a lack of quality support is the real factor behind Pogba’s struggles.

But Ince wasn’t buying any of it while slamming Pogba’s failure to perform on the biggest stage yet again.

The former United midfielder also questioned manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to play Romelu Lukaku down the wing.

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“On the night, you’re looking at the so-called big players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku to make something happen,” Ince told Paddy Power.

“You look at those to get the team going – and it didn’t materialise.

“Another off day for Pogba, which I didn’t expect considering how he’s been playing and Lukaku once again looked incapable of scoring a goal.

“He spent most of his time out on the wing, he just needs to play between the two goal posts.

“What use is Lukaku out on the wing? It doesn’t make sense to me. Anthony Martial came on and had zero impact.

“These are the kinds of players you look to change the game in such an important match, and it’s disappointing they couldn’t.”

Ex-striker Dion Dublin also called for Pogba and Lukaku to up their game ahead of next Tuesday’s return leg at Camp Nou.

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)