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Paul Pogba explains his poor start at Manchester United

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Following Manchester United's humiliating 4-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, Paul Pogba was once again the subject of scrutiny in the media.

Deployed in his favoured No.10 role, the Frenchman was awful at Stamford Bridge, with Gary Neville describing parts of his performance as "embarrassing".

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: "It was embarrassing from Pogba and [Ander] Herrera. Kante (for the fourth goal) just walked through them. They are the midfield players.

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"Kante's just walked through, Hazard's just walked through. The first goal was just a joke."

Neville did, however, symphathise with Pogba and suggested he might be "confused" about what Jose Mourinho expects of him at United.

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"Pogba is no doubt confused," the former right-back added. "He has been signed for such a huge fee and I look at him and it was a difficult day for him.

"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.

"When you sign a player for that level of money, you somehow have to make it fit."

Pogba has been made something of a scapegoat for United's shortcomings recently - and he's now responded to his many critics.

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In a recent interview with Telefoot, the France international discussed how he deals with being criticised and also offered an explanation for why he's struggling in the Premier League.

"People like to talk about Paul Pogba," he said. "The critics, they stay for a day, then after that, I put my music back on, I dance.

"Life is very good, I play football, I am on TV. I will need a little time to adapt in Manchester, time for the machine to start working. I am adapting."

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The pressure to succeed clearly isn't weighing too heavy on Pogba's shoulders. Despite his poor start at the Theatre of Dreams, the 23-year-old insists he will need time to reaquaint himself with the speed and physicality of England's top-flight.

But how much time can you really afford someone who cost a world-record £89 million? That's the question that needs asking.

Mourinho must now focus on how best to deploy his summer signing; help Pogba rediscover his scintillating form at Juventus and the results will inevitably follow.

And the first step towards doing that? Finally identifying his best midfield partner.

Who should Mourinho play alongside Pogba in United's midfield? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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