When you become the world’s most expensive footballer, there is bound to be plenty of pressure on your shoulders.
Every act on the pitch will be analysed while every performance will be dissected. That’s exactly what’s happening with Paul Pogba at the moment.
The Frenchman moved to Old Trafford for a record breaking £89 million this summer, just four years after leaving United at the end of his contract.
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It was always going to take a little bit of time for him to settle at the Theatre of Dreams, despite him already having played at the club previously.
While his first two performances on his return against Southampton and Hull were fairly unspectacular, a big performance was expected from him in Saturday’s Manchester derby.
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It’s these sort of games why Jose Mourinho broke the transfer record for the midfielder. With a £89 million price tag, you’re expected to be able to produce moments of magic to turn these crunch games in your side’s favour.
However, during the opening 45 minutes at Old Trafford, United were dominated by their city rivals with David Silva and Kevin de Bruyne stamping their authority on Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
In fact, they were so in control that Pep Guardiola’s men were bitterly disappointed to only be going into the break 2-1 up.
While Pogba received his fair share of criticism from rival fans on social media, his performance was analysed by Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football - and it wasn’t pretty.
The Sky Sports pundit slammed Pogba’s first-half performance while claiming that he felt sorry for his midfield partner, Fellaini.
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“The performance of Paul Pogba: It was ill-disciplined. He was like a kid in the schoolyard, running where he wants and doing what he wants,” he said.
“I felt so sorry for Marouane Fellaini. The space in the centre of that pitch and he was left on his own by Pogba.
“He’s either got it wrong or Jose Mourinho’s given him licence to get forward.”
Of course, it’s very early days in Pogba’s homecoming and, with the former Juventus only 24-years-old, there is certainly no need to panic.
However, United supporters will have every reason to question Pogba's recent displays, especially as their club paid such a large amount for him.
There was always going to be scrutiny but after Pogba’s slow start but he certainly needs to produce one or two decent performances to silence all of doubters, including Mr. Carragher himself.
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