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Report: Wenger blames Pogba for United’s woes

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Arsene Wenger believes that Paul Pogba’s poor attitude is impacting the whole United team and impacting performances.

French World Cup winner Paul Pogba has been at the forefront of many Manchester United debates.

His public declaration to leave the club for a new challenge, his agent’s blatant disrespect for the club that pays his salary, in the preseason.

His inconsistency and general poor performances on the field, coupled with poor results for the team.

The list of critiques is lengthy, from TV pundits to club legends, the list is endless.

Yet his manager has spoken of his exemplary professionalism ove the summer, and his work ethic as an example to others.

The talk of building a team around him has also been discussed.

Even after all that not many outside of the club are convinced that Pogba is right for Manchester United.

Many have even questioned is he part of the problem rather than the solution?

His compatriot Arsene Wenger has weighed in on the argument.

He is a firm believer that Pogba may be more of the problem than the solution.

Speaking to beIN sports network, the former Arsenal manager has spoken of the problems behind Pogba and its impact on United.

He is firstly concerned about the player’s fitness.

He said:

“First of all, I think Paul Pogba since the start of the season has never been completely fit injury-wise.”

“He doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s the type of player who has a huge physical power.”

“He needs to be perfectly fit physically.”

Wenger is not convinced a player that has expressed a desire to leave is a good thing to have around any club.

He added:

“After that, when a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving.”

“You know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances.”

Wenger thinks this is a recipe for disaster.

He concludes:

“I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship.”

“And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a little bit tarnish his performances.”

Pogba showed a resurgence in form when Solskjaer took over.

Perhaps he felt the second chance now Mourinho was gone, was his ideal opportunity o sell himself to a new club rather than benefit his current one?

Solskjaer could do worse than let him go and adopt the ethos that no player is bigger than the club.

Wenger’s old adversary Sir Alex Ferguson did it to Paul Ince, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, and even Cristiano Ronaldo to a degree.

Yet the trophies and the success just kept on coming.

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LONDON – MARCH 28: Manager Arsene Wenger of Arsenal and manager Sir Alex Ferguson of Manchester United shout orders from the touchline during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Highbury on March 28, 2004 in London. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)