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Redknapp fingers Mourinho in Pogba woes - FCNaija

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 14/02/2018

Paul Pogba, Jose Mourinho, Manchester United

Former England international Jamie Frank Redknapp's comment of Paul Pogba succeeding at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola suggests the Frenchman's problem lies with the way he's being deployed by Man United boss Jose Mourinho.

Pogba who cut a dejected figure on the bench as United fell 16 points behind leaders City has come in for criticism after failing to complete 90 minutes for the third straight Premier League game in the 1-0 defeat at St James' Park last weekend.

Joining Danny Higginbotham to discuss what United should do to get the best out of the Frenchman during The Debate, Redknapp believes Mourinho is playing the 24-year-old out of position as part of a two-man midfield alongside Nemanja Matic and feels Guardiola would be better suited to maximise Pogba's potential.

"I can't believe we've got to this situation so quickly because when he got sent off against Arsenal, everyone was rolling out the stats that Manchester United can't play without him," Redknapp said.

"Everyone said that he was indispensable but now everyone is saying he's useless again. When things are good, he's the best player in the world. And now because of his price tag, he's getting slaughtered.

"I think Mourinho has a big responsibility with him, it's his job. Everyone expects him to be this big confident player, but I think deep down he needs to be loved.

"Taking him off against Tottenham, that's not how you're going to get the best out of him. You can see at Newcastle, his confidence was really low.

"I'm not saying you need to pander to him but I don't see a situation where Pep Guardiola would do that. If he was playing at Man City, he would be one of their star performers. I just don't think that Jose Mourinho gets the best out of him.

"Pep's the sort of manager who would bring him on, but with Mourinho it almost feels like he's taking him on. This isn't a kid he's dealing with, he's one of the biggest assets in world football.

"Mourinho is asking for a war now with current players. With Pogba's power in that dressing room, Mourinho has got to be very careful. I don't see the benefit in upsetting one of your star players." Redknapp told Sky Sports
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