Former Tottenham midfielder and current BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has claimed that Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku are not in a good place at Manchester United and are struggling with confidence under Jose Mourinho.
The pair started in United’s 2-1 defeat to Valencia during their final Champions League group stage showdown on Wednesday night.
But they both underwhelmed at Mestalla Stadium despite United have progressed to the round of last 16.
Meanwhile, the Jose Mourinho missed out on the chance to top their group with group leaders Juventus lost at Young Boys in the other group game.
Lukaku and Pogba are Mourinho’s most expensive signings at £75m and £89m each respectively.
Jenas told BT’s Champions League highlights show on Pogba’s display in Valencia: “Completely crazy miss from a player of his calibre.”
“There are certain players in that Manchester United team that are just not in a good place.”
“That [miss] just stinks of a lack of concentration, switching off at the wrong time. It’s not that he doesn’t care, he wants to score there clearly, he’s disappointed.”
“But he’s, from a confidence perspective, not in a great place. Just like Lukaku as well.”
“If anyone deserved a goal it’s been Rashford. While they’ve not been playing well, he’s been one that has kept going week after week.”
United manager Mourinho was not really able to hide his frustrations following his side’s performance in Spain.
“Nothing that happened surprised me at all,” the Portuguese said of an error-strewn display which included a comical Phil Jones own goal.
“I expect more from my players, especially players that week in, week out, they ask why they don’t play, why they don’t start.”
“It was a good match to play, without any kind of pressure, in a competition that everyone likes to play in.”
“And in the end, my team improved really when I made changes I didn’t want to make, which is frustrating because I didn’t want to play the three players that I played in the second half.”