‘Why is he not in that team?’ Phil Neville SLAMS Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘disgraceful’ decision to leave Paul Pogba on the bench as the former defender claims Manchester United need to start him to win titles
- Paul Pogba has started Manchester United’s last two games on the bench
- United have opted to select Scott McTominay, Fred and Bruno Fernandes instead
- Phil Neville branded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s move to drop Pogba as ‘disgraceful’
- The ex-defender believes the Frenchman should start if United want to win titles
The French midfielder has started United’s last two matches – against Istanbul Basaksehir and Everton – on the substitutes’ bench with Solskjaer preferring Scott McTominay and Fred behind Bruno Fernandes.
Pogba has been strongly linked with a move away from United but still has a contract at Old Trafford until 2022 and Neville – who played 386 times for the club over 11 years – believes Solskjaer needs to pick him if the club are to challenge for titles.
Phil Neville has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s choice to not start Paul Pogba (left)
Neville (above) says the move is disgraceful and Pogba needs to play for United to win titles
The 43-year-old, who currently coaches the England women’s national team, told Premier League Productions: ‘I still think it’s absolutely disgraceful that Pogba can’t get in that team.
‘For United to win a league, for United to be successful, for United to play the style of football that Ole wants them to play then Pogba has to play.
‘You can play one of them (Nemanja] Matic, Fred or McTominay and then you play Pogba with Fernandes.’
Pogba rejoined Manchester United in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record £89.3million but his chances of playing in an attacking midfield role have been diminished by the arrival of Fernandes earlier this year.
French star Pogba (right) has started United’s last two matches on the substitutes’ bench
The Portuguese midfielder, who joined from Sporting Lisbon, has had a devastating impact at Old Trafford, scoring 18 times in 33 appearances since his January move for £67.6m.
Solskjaer also has new £40m signing Donny van de Beek to pick from in that attacking midfield position but the Dutch star has not been given a great deal of minutes by the Norwegian boss in the Premier League.
Neville maintains that Pogba is not suited to a deeper midfield role that McTominay and Fred currently occupy but Manchester United should be deploying a more attacking line-up.
When asked if Pogba can be trusted in that deep role, Neville replied: ‘Probably not no but I’d rather go out there and score goals, go out there and go for the win playing the Manchester United way with Pogba in the team.
Pogba’s starting chances at United have been reduced after arrival of Bruno Fernandes (L)
‘I know I’ve said about him wanting to leave, not wanting to be there and his inconsistencies but I still think he’s one of the best midfielders around. That’s why I’m thinking: Why is Paul Pogba not in that team?’
Real Madrid and Pogba’s former club Juventus have been linked with a swoop for the 27-year-old next year, with the French international claiming last month that it would be ‘a dream’ to play for the Spanish side.
Manchester United have endured a difficult start to the season, failing to win any of their opening four Premier League home games of the campaign for the first time ever.