Paul Merson has criticised the performance of Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba in Sunday’s win over Chelsea despite the Frenchman managed to provide two assists.
The Red Devils started the new campaign in emphatic fashion, beating the Blues 4-0, with Pogba playing a vital role in the demolition; he set up Marcus Rashford for the third goal and a fourth goal for Daniel James to open his Man United account.
However, the West London club controlled the first hour of the game before being ripped apart and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson felt Frenchman could have done more to affect the game while it was still in the balance.
‘Everybody was raving about Pogba. I don’t know which game I was watching, but I can’t remember him being involved in the first 60 or so minutes. He didn’t take control of the game,’ Merson told Sky Sports.
‘When they went 2-0 up, United were like the Harlem Globetrotters, with everybody rolling their foot over the ball and Chelsea capitulated. I didn’t think his performance was great; he made a few flicks, and gave the ball away a bit.
‘But as David Platt said many years ago to me, people never remember the first 25 minutes of a football match. They only remember the end.
‘I just thought he played within himself. I always watch him and think: “Come on, there’s loads more here, you could bully this game.” He’s a good player, a top player, a World Cup winner.
‘For me, I just always find there’s that little bit more needed. He always plays so casually, so cool, and nothing fazes him.
‘If he gives it away, he just carries on the way he is. I still think there is a lot more to come from him. I don’t think he’s near what we saw at the World Cup.’