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Gary Neville explains why Paul Pogba is struggling at Manchester United

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Paul Pogba’s form is becoming a growing concern for Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.

The Frenchman, who became the most expensive footballer of all time when he returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in a deal worth £89 million in the summer, has flattered to deceive in every big match the Red Devils have played this season.

While the 23-year-old has shone in some of the less demanding matches - including last week’s 4-1 victory over Fenerbahce in the Europa League - he has been poor against Manchester City, Liverpool and now Chelsea.

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Pogba was handed a 5/10 rating for his performance at Stamford Bridge by the Manchester Evening News which, if anything, was on the generous side.

Particularly as Chris Smalling, who was laughably bad, was handed a 0/10 rating.

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Neville: Pogba is confused

Gary Neville was commentating for Sky Sports and, in his podcast after the match, explained the reason why Pogba is currently struggling to produce his best form.

"Pogba is no doubt confused," the former United captain was quoted as saying by Goal. "He has been signed for such a huge fee and I look at him and it was a difficult day for him.

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“It was difficult for him at times at Anfield as a No.10 so, at the moment, I think Jose Mourinho is trying to find a way to incorporate him and when you sign a player for that level of money, you somehow have to make it fit."

Neville: Mourinho needs more time to get it right

Neville, however, believes that Mourinho needs to be given more time to rebuild the team and get the best out of the likes of Pogba.

"There will be a massive over-reaction to the game, Jose Mourinho will come under huge pressure and it will be ramped up ahead of the derby on Wednesday. I am quite relaxed," Neville added.

"When you are a Manchester United fan for 30 years, for 50 years, you are going to have difficult times like these and you have to accept when they come along and be mature about it.

"They have got a fantastic manager who has been proven in every league in Europe nearly, and they have to allow him to do his job methodically over the next two to three years, get it right.

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"There has been some poor management, some poor recruitment decisions and there have been players signed who are not Manchester United players. I am not talking about talent, I am talking about profile.

"Pogba and [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic are more Manchester United players in my mind in terms of personality and the physical aspect, so I do think ultimately Mourinho is on the right track in terms of recruitment.

"They have got to continue to do that and they have got to move away some of the previous, which will be difficult because they are on big contracts, but he doesn't panic in the transfer market."

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Paul Pogba
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