Graeme Souness has once again criticised Paul Pogba’s attitude, claiming the Manchester United midfielder has no desire to learn. Pogba’s slack marking from a Chelsea corner led to Antonio Rudiger’s opener in the dramatic 2-2 draw on Saturday. But the Frenchman grew into the game and became central to his team’s second-half resurgence, with only Ross Barkley’s last-gasp leveller denying the Red Devils victory at Stamford Bridge.
Souness, a regular critic of Pogba, highlighted his mistake on Monday Night Football, arguing there can be no excuse for Rudiger’s free header.“I think they’ve run out of patience with him, you cannot as a manager keep saying ‘this is what you need to do,’” Souness said. “As Joe Fagan would say – the great Joe Fagan would say – ‘we’ll tell you once, we’ll tell you twice, and if you don’t get it you won’t be here very long,’ and it was as brutal as that.
“This boy has been blessed with the most wonderful athleticism, he’s six foot four, I’m sure he can leap like a stag and run like the wind. You’d think this was tailor-made for him. “You don’t have to be six foot four to prevent someone from getting a clear header at your goal. Someone my size could prevent Rudiger getting that header if you really wanted to. “He’s got fabulous technique, he’s got fabulous athleticism, but for me he just doesn’t do the basics right. But there is a player there.
“I’m seen as his biggest critic but his manager is not happy with him. I’ve been a manager and I’m saying to myself, like Jose will be saying to himself, ‘what a player this boy could be if you would just listen and learn’. “Even at 25 you never stop learning in this game. If this boy believes that he is the real deal at 25 then he won’t get any better.
“He should be turning up every day listening to the manager, listening to the senior players and wanting to improve. I’m not sure if that is the case but I’ll come back to it, this boy could be a top, top player.”