Paul Pogba was outstanding on his second Manchester United debut against Southampton last month.
The Frenchman, full of confidence after becoming the most expensive footballer of all time, ran the show at Old Trafford. Fans and pundits alike were convinced the £89 million forked out for his services would eventually look good value for money.
However, Pogba hasn’t replicated that level of performance for United since that Friday night. He was underwhelming in the 1-0 victory over Hull City, anonymous against Manchester City after the international break, flattered to deceive during last week’s Europa League defeat against Feyenoord and failed to make a significant impact in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Watford.
Even United fans are beginning to doubt whether Pogba really is the saviour they thought he was when he arrived back from Juventus in the summer.
The 23-year-old went close to scoring against the Hornets with a long-range deflected effort that cannoned back off the crossbar, but it’s another of his shots that has gone viral on social media over the past couple of days.
Watch: Pogba's shot and Zlatan's reaction
Pogba had the ball 35 yards from goal and, rather than laying the ball off to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, decided to go for goal.
The France international’s shot flew into Row Z and Zlatan’s reaction said it all.
Pogba wasn’t as poor as Rooney - whose hilarious ’highlights’ reel has been shared to death across social media - but a parody Twitter account ‘@PogbaHighlights’ was still set up on Sunday, designed to take the p*** out of the world’s most expensive player.
The first ‘highlight was Pogba’s terrible strike from range while the second shows him passing the ball straight to the feet of… referee Michael Oliver.
Scholes explains how to get the best out of Pogba
Paul Scholes believes United fans won’t see the best of Pogba before Jose Mourinho deploys in a proper midfield three.
"You want the player that you bought,” Scholes said on BT Sport. “For his three years at Juventus he played in a three-man midfield, he was sensational.
"He played in a two for France and wasn't great in the summer and he's played in a two so far this season and again hasn't been great.
"But he's the one player that's trying something. The other night (Feyenoord) wasn't his best performance but he was the one player giving everything, who wanted to create something."
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