Jamie Carragher said 'you won’t see a new Pogba' if Jose Mourinho is sacked


Manchester United’s turnaround under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been nothing short of remarkable.

Their record under the Norwegian now stands at 11 wins, one draw and one loss since Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

That run has seen them break into the top four in the Premier League and reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

Almost every single player has improved their performances from the start of the campaign under Mourinho but none more so than Paul Pogba.

Pogba was instrumental in United’s latest win, assisting Ander Herrera before grabbing a goal himself.

Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho was far from ideal with the Frenchman constantly arguing with his manager and was often left out of the starting line-up.

However, Solskjaer is getting the very best out of him.


In the twelve matches he’s played under the interim boss, Pogba has scored nine goals and registered six assists.

To put that into context, in the 20 matches under Mourinho, he scored five goals and had clocked up four assists.

Who saw this coming?


Well, not Jamie Carragher that’s for sure.

The Sky Sports pundit predicted that, when Mourinho is sacked from United, we wouldn’t see a different Pogba.

“I don't know if he's worth the hassle for what he gives on the pitch. And there's an idea that it's one or the other," Carragher told Sky Sports back in September.

"If Mourinho goes you won’t see a new Pogba, I can assure Manchester United fans of that.

"He’s not as a good as he thinks he is. He's got talent but his big problem is his understanding of the game. It's been a problem since he arrived and it hasn't changed now."


He couldn’t have been more wrong, could he?

And, unsurprisingly, United fans are now calling Carragher out for his comments.

One United fan screenshotted Carragher’s words and tweeted: “I hope @GNev2 or someone reminds @Carra23 of his poor take on Pogba from a couple of months ago.”

And he soon received a reply from Carragher, who admitted he’d got it wrong.

“Well I hope you completely disagreed at the time & not just now?!! He’s been a revelation since OGS came in because he’s basically let him play without defending. I didn’t see this turn around so I have no problem saying I was wrong.”

Before he added: “But I won’t change my stance that Pogba should have delivered a lot more for Man Utd/Jose in those first two years no matter what the system or set up.”

Of course, many United fans may have been thinking the same back in September.

However, Carragher knows only too well that any comments he makes on Sky Sports will come back to haunt him if he’s wrong.

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