Paul Scholes felt a degree of sympathy for Paul Pogba this evening.
The world’s most expensive footballer flattered to deceive during Manchester United’s shock 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord at De Kuip and was heavily criticised, not for the first time since re-joining the Red Devils last month, on social media for his ineffective performance.
However, Scholes believes that Pogba is currently trying to do too much and desperately needs help from another midfield player capable of controlling a match.
“Tonight wasn’t his best performance,” Scholes said on BT Sport. “I don’t really know what position he’s playing in. He seems to be a little bit all over the place.”
“I think he’s trying to do too much on the ball; he’s trying to beat three, four players. Just keep it simple for now, Paul, ease your way in.”
Scholes continued: “That’s not the player Man Utd bought. They didn’t buy a Lionel Messi to beat five players and stick it in the top corner. They bought a powerful, strong midfield player.”
The United legend said he believes 35-year-old Michael Carrick could do the job, while he also criticised Morgan Schneiderlin for failing to protect his teammate this evening, before saying Mourinho probably needs to dip back into the transfer market.
“At Juventus, he had Pirlo: one of the best playmakers in the world,” Scholes added. “I think he needs somebody like that.”
Scholes wants Modric or Kroos
Scholes then named Real Madrid duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as two potential signings Mourinho should consider to help bring the best out of the Frenchman.
United won't sign Modric - but is Kroos possible?
But do United have a realistic chance of signing either world-class midfielder?
In the case of Modric, you’d have to assume Mourinho doesn’t stand a chance. The Croatian is regarded as one of Los Blancos’ most important players.
Kroos might be obtainable, but certainly not until next summer.
In the meantime, then, Carrick may have to suffice.
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