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Jamie Redknapp has posed an interesting theory why Paul Pogba is struggling at Man Utd

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When Jose Mourinho signed Paul Pogba for a world record £90m fee in 2016, Manchester United fans were convinced that he would be able to take the club back to it's glory days.

However, the Frenchman has not fared as well as expected.

Pogba did not have the greatest seasons last year in his return to English football, tallying just five goals and four assists in the Premier League as his side laboured to a disappointing sixth place finish.

He did have a flying start to this term, scoring two and assisting three in United's first four league games, but, after missing a handful of games due to injuries and suspension, Pogba has struggled to replicate that early season form in recent weeks.

And his worrying form continued last weekend against Newcastle United, where the 24-year-old was subbed off after just 65 minutes after being completely overpowered by Mohamed Diame and Jonjo Shelvey in the midfield battle.

JAMIE REDKNAPP MAKES AN INTERESTING POINT

Pogba has had no shortage of critics during his time back in England, with many pundits, including Graeme Souness, attacking Pogba for his lack of defensive awareness.

But instead of criticising the Frenchman for his struggles, Redknapp has instead pinned the blame of Jose Mourinho, claiming that he is at fault for not getting the best out of the midfielder.

"I can't believe we've got to this situation so quickly," Redknapp told Sky Sports. "Because when he got sent off against Arsenal, everyone was rolling out the stats that Manchester United can't play without him.

"Everyone said that he was indispensable but now everyone is saying he's useless again. When things are good, he's the best player in the world. And now because of his price tag he's getting slaughtered.

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"I think Mourinho has a big responsibility with him, it's his job. Everyone expects him to be this big confident player, but I think deep down he needs to be loved.

"Taking him off against Tottenham, that's not how you're going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low."

REDKNAPP THINKS HE WOULD THRIVE UNDER PEP GUARDIOLA

And the former England midfielder has claimed that Pogba would thrive under a manager like Pep Guardiola.

"I'm not saying you need to pander to him but I don't see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers. I just don't think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him.

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"Pep's the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels like he's taking him on. This isn't a kid he's dealing with, he's one of the biggest assets in world football.

"Mourinho is asking for a war now with current players. With Pogba's power in that dressing room, Mourinho has got to be very careful. I don't see the benefit in upsetting one of your star players."

Many have knocked Redknapp for his opinions in the past, but he's absolutely spot on here.

Pogba is undoubtedly one of United's most gifted players, but it is clear that Mourinho is not getting the best out of him.

If Mourinho wants to be successful at United, then catering to Pogba's needs should be of paramount importance.

And this is a point that has been echoed by a number of United fans on Twitter.

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