Man United legend says Paul Pogba needs to stop being so flash

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Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has told Paul Pogba to stop overcomplicating his game if he wants to be a success at the club.

The French international has struggled to impose himself on the side since his world record transfer from Juventus over the summer, but Robson – who played for the Red Devils between 1981 and 1994 – believes he needs to start bringing the basics back to his game to give him a better chance at succeeding.

Robson himself is no stranger to living up to a big fee, having cost United a then record £1.5million from West Bromwich Albion in 1981, and does sympathise with the 24-year-old, but has insisted that an improvement in his performances needs to come quickly.

Speaking with the Daily Mail, Robson said: "I think he is doing OK but it’s just OK at the moment and we know there is better to come from Paul.

"Sometimes you can try too hard and you try to do things that you wouldn’t normally try to do.

"Once you have been in a while you think “just relax, get back to your basics”. That’s what Paul needs to do, enjoy his football and not be worrying about the transfer fee because he does have the ability".

Robson bagged himself 99 goals for United in 461 appearances across all competitions for United, but admitted that a big transfer fee can weigh heavily on a player's mind.

"I think the fee can hang there I have seen it happen with quite a few players who have come to the club," he added.

"It just takes you a fair few months just to settle down and play your own game.

"I wasn’t impressed with my first year at United. I then went to the World Cup in Spain and that gave me a load of confidence and I came back and just didn’t even think about the fee any more.

"I just got back into it in the 1982-83 season and started enjoying my football again like I did at West Brom".


Pogba is in line to start this week's Europa League clash with Turkish giants Fenerbahce, having bagged a brace in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago, which ended in a 4-1 victory for United.

There could also be a start for fellow midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has also struggled for form and game time following his own move from Borussia Dortmund over the summer.

However, United will need to be aware of their former striker Robin van Persie, who will no doubt be looking to punish the Red Devils following a brace in the 5-0 win over Karabukspor at the weekend.

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