Paul Scholes says it was the players Paul Pogba had alongside him at Juventus that raised his game to heights he hasn’t been able to reproduce at Manchester United.
The Frenchman has often been criticised as United have made a below-par start to the season, with Jose Mourinho also coming under fire from pundits including Scholes himself .
And the United legend – who won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League titles at Old Trafford under Sir Alex Ferguson – says that it is Pogba’s "switching off" which often costs him.
"He does some of the best things in games, a great pass or dribble, a great touch or dribble," Scholes told an exclusive interview with ESPN .
"Then, five minutes later, he’ll do one of the worst things like his brain has switched off, like it’s all about him because he’s just shown everyone how good he is.
"That becomes easy to play against because you know that cockiness will come. Against Wolves , he showed a great touch to Fred but then the next minute he’d given the ball away in midfield, which led to a goal. That sums him up."
And Scholes thinks that the calibre of player Pogba is surrounded by at United isn’t helping him, as he was joined by much better, much more experienced stars at former club Juventus.
"We never saw that at Juventus , but [Pogba] was a smaller fish there," he continued.
"Look around that team, with [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Andrea] Pirlo, [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Claudio] Marchisio: great experienced players.
"I loved that team, especially Pirlo and the way he was so relaxed as he controlled the game.
"Pogba was part of a great team but he’s come to United where he’s got nobody to control him like he had at Juventus."
Read the full Scholes interview at ESPN.com
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