Paul Pogba can only blame Jose Mourinho for so long.
The Frenchman’s performance against Southampton was woeful, following abject displays against Young Boys, and Crystal Palace.
We all know what Pogba is capable of. His second half performance against Newcastle in October was terrific, as was his second 45 away at City last season.
The problem is he is too inconsistent and we should be talking about 5-6 game stretches of outstanding performances, and not odd 45 minutes every few months.
For the £89 million Pogba cost, he is not giving this United side anywhere near value.
He is going through games without much of a fight, and providing little quality.
As well as letting down the fans, and his manager, Pogba is letting down his teammates.
Jose is a problem but that is no excuse
Jose Mourinho’s team selection against Crystal Palace was awful. Packed with defensive midfielders and leaving Fred and Anthony Martial on the bench, it’s hard to know what he was thinking.
It was still a winnable game, and even at 2-2 at half-time, Pogba should have stepped up and dragged United over the line to victory.
If Pogba does not want to play for Jose, it is becoming evident. But United should have no time for players who down tools and don’t play for the badge, if that is what he is doing.
Pogba is likely to outlast Mourinho at United. Even so, he is doing himself few favours.
If it is not his attitude, then it is his ability which is the problem. Perhaps he is just incapable of being the player we want him to be on a consistent basis int he Premier League?
Pogba must have a long look in the mirror and work out why it is not going right for him at the moment.
Against Arsenal he needs to step up and produce.