Pogba gives honest but worrying scathing assessment after Leicester loss
After winning the Nations League with his country in midweek, Paul Pogba was given a reality check of where this Manchester United side are currently at following the 4-2 loss to Leicester City.
The Frenchman played the full game in central midfield alongside Nemanja Matic for the majority but Scott McTominay replaced the Serbian in the closing stages.
A returning Marcus Rashford looked to have set us up perfectly to go and get the three points in the dying stages, but we capitulated and our 29-match unbeaten run away from home vanished.
Pogba speaks openly about changes needed
Pogba like new teammates Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo are used to winning and challenging for the biggest prizes.
On current form there is no point trying to sugar coat it, we look miles off Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Following the loss at the King Power Stadium we find ourselves five points off the top, winless in three and facing Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea by the end of November.
Like Pogba said himself something has got to change to get this Manchester United team clicking and fast.
Speaking after yesterday’s defeat, Pogba told Sky Sports: “To be honest, we’ve been having this kind of game for a long time and we haven’t found the problem.
“We need to find what’s the problem, to concede easy goals, stupid goals. 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.”
Whilst it’s refreshing to see Pogba being open and honest about our team’s struggles, the worry was that he felt the squad and coaching staff didn’t know where things were going wrong.
The French international added: “We need to find something, we need to change something. I don’t know if the mindset of all of us, the players, when we start… we really don’t know.
“It’s frustrating because it’s something we don’t understand and we have to find that very fast because if you want to compete and you want to win the title, those games you have to win, even though they are very hard and we’re playing away.”
Tactics and mentality questioned
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has an embarrassment of attacking riches at his disposal, but it seems the Norwegian is struggling to find the right personnel and system to get the best out of this United side.
Pogba felt that United needed more than sheer quality to get them through against Leicester, the 29-year-old feels that United need to improve tactically and mentally with the big games on the horizon.
The former Juventus man continued: “You need to fight their game, you need to find the right mentality, the right tactic to win those games. That’s my thought.
“We have time to think about it and then all together, we have to stick together and find the problem.”
Pogba’s right that the club has to rally together, but time isn’t on our side when it comes to finding the problem.
The big games just keep on coming and a resolution needs to be found quickly.