When Manchester United paid Juventus £89 million for Paul Pogba, they were quite right to expect the French midfielder to make an immediate impact.
A goal, a couple of assists. A game-changing moment when they fell behind to Manchester City and Feyenoord.
Yet United have received little on their world-record investment. Unless you’re counting haircuts, of course.
Pogba hasn’t necessarily been terrible, but he hasn’t been good, either.
As such, we’re left to wonder if the 23-year-old is about to become the ultimate football flop.
Paul Scholes said Jose Mourinho should invest in another midfielder, citing Luka Modric or Toni Kroos, to complement Pogba in the middle of the pitch.
But for £89m, he should be able to do everything Jose Mourinho asked of him without support.
He was ineffective in Holland on Thursday as United succumbed to a surprise defeat.
Kuyt: Pogba was screaming at his teammates
Feyenoord skipper Dirk Kuyt revealed after the Europa League clash that Pogba praised him at full-time. According to the former Liverpool man, Pogba offered his respect that Kuyt was still running around at the age of 36.
The France international wasn’t so impressed, however, with his teammates.
Kuyt has revealed that the 23-year-old was screaming at his fellow United players throughout the 90 minutes, clearly expressing his frustration.
“All I heard during the first half against United was Pogba screaming and shouting at his own players,” Kuyt admitted, per the Mirror.
“And when it was half-time, he was shouting at them all even louder.
“He was screaming at them, about the things which were not going right for the team.
United are one-dimensional
"The thing about United is that they only know one way to play. We waited for them to attack and stayed very compact as a team because we knew that if you attack them from the beginning then you run into a knife.
“They love to counter-attack. But, if you stop them doing that, then you know that you will always get chances against them.”
While Mourinho is yet to figure out how best to utilise Pogba, that confusion is reciprocated by the former Juve man. This might take a while to settle down.