When Paul Pogba missed his penalty against Wolves, it defined how introverted he has become in his three years at Old Trafford.
Gone was his wobbly, dancing run-up, that we all love to hate because it makes us nervous. Well guess what, doing it ‘the right way’ is not a quick fix.
It was symptomatic of how Pogba has been pushed to conform during his time in England.
The likes of pundits Garth Crooks and Graeme Souness have slated and berated him publicly for having fancy haircuts. They had disappeared too over the past few months. Succumbing to pressure, Pogba’s individuality, part of what makes him so special, was being eroded away.
It has shown in his style of play too. In recent games Pogba has had to play a more defensive role at United, and sacrifice his attacking qualities.
United need to make a change, and Pogba needs to do. He might already have done.
Pictures emerged on social media this week of the Frenchman displaying a colourful new hair pattern.
Guess what Graeme and Garth, it is absolutely fine. The world is still turning. Let him be himself. You might just see the best of him.
If he can express himself properly in his day to day life, perhaps he will be able to do so on the pitch too. Shame on those who made him conform in the first place.
Let him have his flashy haircut. Let him do his silly penalty run-up. Let him free in an attacking role.
If Pogba is permitted by his manager and outside pressures to just be himself and play attacking football with flair, he might just be able to start showing again why he is considered one of the world’s best footballers.
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