Jamie Carragher says Paul Pogba should be “embarrassed” if he can’t consistently show the best of himself under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Pogba has once more divided opinion in the opening months of the 2020-21 campaign.
On Saturday, he was only a substitute as United rolled to a 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
The World Cup winner, 27, has made 11 appearances in all competitions thus far, totalling 527 minutes.
The only matches in which he has played the full 90’ have been the embarrassing 6-1 defeat by Spurs and the 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
Pogba has been rotated in and out of the United side, while he has also been used in various different midfield roles by Solskjaer too.
Some have criticised Pogba for failing to nail down a definitive place for himself in the starting lineup, while others have sought to lay the blame for his inconsistent showings at the feet of the Norwegian – often pointing out Pogba’s role in France’s World Cup success and his past performances in club football at Juventus.
However, Carragher, speaking on talkSPORT, insists he must look at himself.
“We’re still talking about, ‘What is Paul Pogba’s best position?’, when he’s been at the club for four years,” declared Carragher.
“I think that tells you he’s never done well enough in any position or tactical set-ups, that different managers have had at Manchester United.
“If someone said to me, I could only play well because of a certain manager, I’d be embarrassed.
“People take credit, coaches and managers for different players, maybe bringing them through, or having them at their peak.
“But If I felt that my career would fall down because I never had a certain coach or manager, how well I did was down to me.
“And when I didn’t play well, that was down to me, I wouldn’t blame a coach.
“Pogba’s fans are saying that Jose [Mourinho] is too defensive and Ole isn’t a top-level manager, but for me, I’d be looking at myself.
“He’s played enough games for Manchester United.
“They changed the system and his role in that team so often now, to get him in the team and I think finally, I think Ole, rightly so, has said: ‘No, I’m going to play 4-2-3-1. I’m going to play [Bruno] Fernandes as my creative player’.
“I’ve been on record that I do not believe Pogba and Fernandes can play in the same team.
“So if you’re going to play Fernandes, he’s been really good since he joined in January, I’d be looking to take the money for Pogba.”
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