Paul Scholes has criticized Paul Pogba for being ‘down with the fairies’ during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta on Tuesday night.
The France international struggled to perform during Manchester United’s match in Italy and was eventually dropped out for Nemanja Matic in the second half.
Reflecting on Pogba’s performance, Scholes said the Manchester United midfielder would have to babysit “until he is 35” as he has a tendency to do “stupid things” on the pitch.
Paul Scholes has criticized Paul Pogba for being ‘down with the fairies’ during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw against Atalanta on Tuesday night (above)
He said Pogba needs to be babysited “until he’s 35” because he does “stupid things” on the pitch.
After the game, Scholes said: “Pogba always needs someone. Someone out there who he fully respects, he needs experienced people behind him.
‘How old is he? 28? He is really an experienced player. But he’s one of them turning 35 and being exactly the same.
“He’ll still do the stupid things where he’s rolling the ball, stopping people from showing how strong and skilled he is.
The France international struggled to perform during Manchester United’s match in Italy and was eventually dropped out in the second half for Nemanja Matic (above)
Ferdinand said the responsibility to help Pogba should fall on Ronaldo’s shoulders
‘The most important thing with Paul is his concentration. He sometimes goes out with the fairies.
“You have to think about the Juventus team he played in, where he was brilliant and why we signed him.
‘The experience around him – [Andrea] pirlo, [Giorgi] chiellini, [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Gianluigi] Buffon, an aggressive manager. He will need that treatment until he is 35.’
Rio Ferdinand added his thoughts on Pogba’s situation at the club, claiming that the Manchester United midfielder had not lived up to expectations.
He said the Frenchman doesn’t look as stimulated for the Red Devils as he does for his country.
Ferdinand said: ‘Paul [Pogba] would agree that he has not reached the level he would expect of himself in a Manchester United shirt.
Ferdinand said he could ‘think of no one but Ronaldo’ to help the Frenchman
Scholes and Ferdinand’s comments came not just after he dropped out against Atalanta, but after he was shown a red card against Liverpool (above)
He won’t get the international shock he gets with France. Maybe he needs that fear of not playing when he’s not performing.’
Ferdinand continued with Scholes by saying that Pogba needs to be pushed by his teammates.
He also said he felt the responsibility should fall on Cristiano Ronaldo’s shoulders.
Ferdinand said to Scholes, “I can’t think of anyone but Cristiano who would catch Paul and say, ‘I’ve got you half the time.”
“Maybe it’s a generation issue, maybe it’s different now. These conversations would be going on in our dressing room.’
Scholes and Ferdinand’s comments about Pogba came not just after he dropped out against Atalanta, but after he was shown a red card against Liverpool.
The Frenchman was sent off 60 minutes into the game after falling 5-0 down at Old Trafford in a two-legged tackle on Naby Keita.
The Frenchman was sent off 60 minutes into the game after falling 5-0 down at Old Trafford in a two-foot tackle on Naby Keita (above).
Pogba was initially shown a yellow card, but after a VAR check, Taylor sent him off on the hour
Pogba was initially shown a yellow card, but after a VAR check, referee Anthony Taylor sent him off on the hour.
Sportsmail previously revealed that Pogba had apologized to his team-mates for his red card at Old Trafford, but said nothing to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after the loss.
Talking about the red card back then, Scholes told Premier League Productions: “Paul Pogba comes out on the field at half time to try to help the team and maybe get a little respect, try to get on the ball, try to show how strong he is in the middle of the field…goal away.
“Then he is later sent off with a ridiculous tackle. Now you are 5-0 down with 10 men. You should be thinking, if Ole is still a manager there, will we see Pogba again in a United shirt?
Scholes said at the time that Pogba should never play for Manchester United again
“He has caused chaos in recent years. Everyone knows what a talent he is, everyone trusts him, every manager trusts him, tried to give him his head and let him be the player he was.
“But with all the commotion, not signing his contract, almost holding the club to pay ransom, and then he comes up and does something like that.
“It’s not Ole’s fault, don’t get me wrong, but that’s one part that almost summed up United’s performance today.
‘Look, he will probably play’ [again] won the? But I don’t think they’ll miss anything if he doesn’t.
“He’s had countless chances, he keeps saying he lacks consistency, but that’s just… [a lack of] discipline and disrespect for your manager and your teammates, which he did today.”