Paul Scholes has questioned whether Paul Pogba will be seen in a Manchester United shirt again while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is manager after his horror show on Sunday.
Pogba was a half-time substitute with his side 4-0 down to Liverpool. But the France midfielder failed to steady the United ship and instead got caught in possession for Mo Salah to score his hat-trick. And it got worse on 60 minutes when his over-the-ball challenge on Naby Keita was eventually punished by a red card in the 5-0 reverse.
According to Scholes, United “won’t miss anything” if Pogba does not play in the red of United again.
However, there have been no indications from Solskjaer previously that he is ready to let Pogba depart.
In fact Solskjaer has openly stated his desire to keep the 28-year-old at the club. And talks are believed to be ongoing regarding a possible contract extension with the midfielder’s deal set to expire in June 2022.
Transfer rumours have once again emerged with Pogba available to sign a pre-contract agreement in January with foreign clubs.
Scholes though thinks enough is enough and that Pogba’s time at Old Trafford should come to an end.
He told Premier League Productions: “Paul Pogba coming on to the pitch at half-time to try to help the team and maybe get a little respectability, tries to stand on the ball, tries to show how strong he is in the middle of the pitch… gives the goal away.
“Then later on gets sent off with a ridiculous tackle, now you’re 5-0 down with 10 men. You’d have to think, if Ole’s still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?
“He’s caused mayhem over the last couple of years. Everyone knows what a talent he is. Everybody trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he’s been.
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“But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to ransom. And then he comes on and does something like that. It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong. But that’s part of it that almost summed the United performance up today.
Scholes points to tactics
“Look, he probably will play [again] won’t he? But I don’t think they will be missing anything if he doesn’t. He’s had numerous chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that is just [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your team-mates, what he’s done today.”
Scholes refused to blame the defeat on a lack of effort, instead he pointed to United’s tactics.
“To say a disappointing day would be a complete understatement,” added Scholes.
“I think we all realise it’s been difficult, I just think the manager got caught up in the emotion of the comeback [against Atalanta] on Wednesday night. We keep going back to that game but you were never going to do that against Liverpool. They have too much quality.
“I don’t think it was a lack of effort. I think tactically they were set up in a way where this could happen and unfortunately it did happen.”