Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed that manager Jose Mourinho made a big mistake when he signed Paul Pogba from Juventus.
Pogba has been at United since 2009 when he joined the club’s youth system and left the Old Trafford side in 2012 just one year after being promoted to the first team.
The France international returned to the Premier League giants in 2016 under Mourinho for a then-record transfer fee of €105m (£89.3m).
The 25-year-old has been strongly linked with Barcelona move this summer after being criticised by his manager last summer.
Pogba was occasionally dropped by Mourinho from starting XI in the second half of the season. But he was surprisingly made captain for United’s Premier League opener with Leicester City at Old Trafford.
But according to Scholes’ opinion, Pogba should have been handed the captain’s armband on the first day he re-joined the club.
“There’s obviously some kind of breakdown in their relationship from what we read. Do we know that for definite? I don’t know,” Scholes said on BBC 5 Live Sport when discussing the rumours surrounding Pogba and Mourinho.
“What we do know is that Paul needs to perform more often than he is doing.”
“We all know the talent he’s got – great strength, great ability, an athlete. But he’s only doing it one if every three or four games.”
“If you’re going to challenge for a title I just don’t think that can happen.”
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Asked about his performance as captain on Friday night, Scholes said: “Captain’s armband? I thought that the minute we signed him he should have been made captain. Give him some responsibility as a young player.”
“I don’t think there was a standout person to be captain in that team and I just thought it was ideal for him. Hopefully, he can keep that now.”
“He started okay on Friday but I don’t think he was anything special. But if he can thrive with that extra responsibility then he should keep the armband.”