Paul Pogba fighting for his place despite his call to improve

Manchester United’s defeat to Leicester at the weekend has left the team reeling ahead of a crucial stretch of games.

France international Paul Pogba spoke out after the defeat and urged the team to find a solution.

Pogba was quoted by Sky Sports: “We need to be more mature, I think. We need to play with more experience, arrogance in a good way. We have to take the ball and play our football.

“But now we have to find what’s the key of these games that we lose. Because I think we deserved to lose today.”

The worrying aspect going forward for Pogba is the possibility Manchester United may be better off without him.


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Pogba now fighting for his place

With two crucial games upcoming against Atalanta and Liverpool, Pogba is fighting for his spot.

Pogba began the season on the left wing. At the weekend it was Jadon Sancho who started in this position, before Marcus Rashford came off the bench to replace him and stake his claim with a goal. So Pogba could be down to third choice there.

The weekend was a chance for Pogba to stake his claim in Central midfield along with Nemanja Matic. It did not go well.

The pairing were too passive and were second best to a Leicester midfield missing Wilfred Ndidi. Pogba had a role in Leicester’s first goal, with his pass across the penalty box inviting pressure on the defence.

United were so bad in midfield that Fred and Scott McTominay seemed like a more competitive, tenacious option.

Both players will be fresh for midweek and have a good chance of starting against Atalanta, at Pogba’s expense.

It’s possible United go for a mix and match approach, to play Pogba alongside Fred, or alongside McTominay.

But one thing which is clear, is that Pogba is fighting for his place. Nobody’s spot is secure, such is the team’s poor form, and the Frenchman may not be part of the solution he wants the team to find.

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