Michael Owen has sympathy for Paul Pogba's midfield partners

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Paul Pogba's second Manchester United debut against Southampton back in August might feel like a year ago for the Frenchman.

He was only scoring a goal away from the perfect performance on his first appearance since returning to the club from Juventus in the summer.

But since then, his displays have come under increasing scrutiny as Jose Mourinho's side have struggled for consistency over the last month or so.

After starting so brightly, the £89 million man has been unable to have the same impact on proceedings and everyone has been trying to work out why.

Whether it has been due to Mourinho's tactics or the fault of his teammates, Pogba hasn't quite lived up to expectations. Nevertheless, Michael Owen's opinion is the subject is quite surprising.

Well perhaps it isn't, since Owen hung up his boots, the former England striker has been no stranger to making the occasional odd comment when on punditry duty for BT Sport.

But before Thursday's Europa League clash against Fenerbahce, Owen revealed he actually sympathises with the Man United stars currently playing alongside the club's record signing.

"I actually feel sorry for some of the midfield players because some of them that are playing in there aren't playing bad," Owen said.

"When Herrera plays, he plays well. He was probably the other day. Fellaini's done alright when he's come in. There are players that are playing well but the problem is Pogba as well as he should be so everyone else is taking the brunt of it.

"Now they are trying to find people so it makes Pogba play a bit better."

The experienced Michael Carrick was the one chosen to play alongside Pogba on Thursday - the man many pundits, including Paul Scholes and Owen, claim to be the most likely candidate capable of letting Pogba thrive.

Owen added: "He's (Pogba) a world class player. They have to get the best out of him because he's so good but it's almost other people who are suffering.

"It doesn't matter how they play personally, it's how Pogba plays."

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