Former Manchester United midfielder and current pundit Paul Scholes has suggested that his former colleague, Paul Pogba, needs to find consistency in order to be a success at the club. The French midfielder, who returned to United in 2016 after four years at Juventus has shown flashes and patches of the form that persuaded the club to offer £89m for his services, but is coming off the back of an excellent display in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, which Didier Deschamps’ side won. Still, Scholes believes that this issue of regularly offering up quality performances is something that the player himself needs to address.
“Paul needs to find a consistency, I think,” said Scholes in an interview with beIN Sports with quotes carried by Goal. “You look at his game, he can be brilliant one week and not so good the next week.
“He seems to be a player which you get a performance out of every three to four games. If you’re going to win leagues, that’s not enough, it’s just not enough. He needs to become that commanding player he was at Juventus – he was part of a set structure at Juventus, he knew every week which position he was going to play, who he was going to play with, and I don’t think that has helped him at United.
“I’d be amazed if the same team has been named twice in a row, or the same formation. There doesn’t seem to be a set way of where it’s going and that could possibly work against him. He’s such a strong lad, he’s such a fit lad. He can run, he has great technique as well, great ability. But he needs to use his brain a little bit more to become a top footballer.”
Scholes isn’t wrong with his assessment; Pogba has sparkled frequently, but not often enough given his clear talent, and after an excellent series of performances during the summer, he needs to apply the same application to this season in a United shirt.