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Liverpool legend Souness snaps: Pogba just doesn't understand the game

Liverpool legend Souness snaps: Pogba just doesn't understand the game”

Former Liverpool midfielder Souness however, working as a pundit on Irish television, criticised the France global for not tracking back adequately in United's 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow. He's powerful, he's got good technique, he can wrong foot people, he can ping the ball.

The 24-year-old was arguably Man United's most impressive payer of the season before picking up a long-term hamstring injury in mid-September that ruled him out until the Reds 4-1 win against Newcastle United on November 18.

"I would say they'd miss him [Pogba] in any other game", he said on Sky Sports show The Debate.

"I think if there's one small, tiny criticism of this player it would be that he goes forward maybe too much", Gerrard told BT Sport.

He added: "That is basic stuff you learn in the youth team".

Souness then insisted that Pogba "hasn't taken a big game by the scruff of the neck and dominated it".

Gerrard, who moved into a deeper role in his later years at Anfield, reckons the power possessed by the 24-year-old could massively aid United defensively. Pogba was key in the Reds' transition from defence to counter-attack, making Jesse Lingard's second-half strike that took the game away from the Gunners.
Souness, though, has questioned Pogba on a number of fronts.

'I had a similar criticism of myself when I played in that position with Didi Hamann or Xabi Alonso - I was eager to get into the box all the time and with experience and age and a bit more maturity, you maybe pick and choose your times where you make your runs forward'.

The summer purchase of Nemanja Matic has helped give Pogba the platform he needs to damage opposing defences, and he already has three goals and six assists from 12 appearances this term.



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