Sheringham: Paul Pogba too cocky for Man Utd and needs to go

Date published: Tuesday 26th May 2020 4:54 - Jonny Whitfield


Paul Pogba does not show the right mentality and needs to be sold by Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to Teddy Sheringham.

France midfielder Pogba moved back to United from Juventus for a club-record £89million in 2016 and while he has shown his ability in spurts, he has largely failed to recreate his form at Old Trafford.

This season, the 27-year-old has only made eight appearances after having his campaign wrecked by two foot injuries and reports have claimed that United have failed in an attempt to offload him.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Football Show, former Tottenham and United striker Sheringham called on Solskjaer to give Pogba the boot and bring someone in with the right mentaliy.

Referencing United legend Roy Keane before going on to talk about Pogba, Sheringham said: “[Keane] would dig deep, he would make sure we had a say in every game we played in, because of his desire, and I think when you look at Paul Pogba, does he have the same mentality?

“Yes he might be a talented boy, but does he really dig deep, does he get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough?

“For me the answers are no, he gives off the wrong vibe as a Manchester United player.

“Yes it’s good to be cocky and arrogant at the right times, I would say Dwight Yorke had that with a big smile on his face, cocky and arrogant, but he had a desire to do things right as well at the right times, and I think you’ve got to have that.


“And I don’t think Paul Pogba gives you that, and I think he would be one that would need to go so that you can get someone else in with the right mentality and the right desire.

“The Manchester United way to drive your team on to make sure you get out of the position you’re in to move the club forward.”

United have been linked with moves for several dynamic midfielders, including Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Atletico Madrid kingpin Saul Niguez.

Solskjaer is believed to be looking for exciting, young British talent for his team, with the likes of Wales internationals Joe Rodon and Rabbi Matondo, as well as England star Jadon Sancho, said to be on his radar.

Matondo is said to be Solskjaer’s alternative if a move for Sancho fails but a report claims that Real Madrid are also monitoring the Schalke winger.

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