Manchester United snatched a late draw against Liverpool in a game which truly lacked quality throughout.
Despite the millions of pounds of talent on display, both teams failed to conjure up much inspiration in the final third and it was a scrappy game. Manchester United had a £90million midfielder in their team, but he failed to make any sort of difference and in fact was perhaps one of the worst players on the field on the day.
The hugely poor moment for him was when he handballed inside the area to gift Liverpool a 1st half advantage. After that he did very little to redeem himself with passes going astray frequently.
Pogba completed just 72% of his passes and was dispossessed 3 times. He received a 5.6 match rating on WhoScored, less than any other player on the pitch. Offensively he offered nothing, completing just 1 dribble, 0 key passes and making 0 shots. Defensively he failed to make an interception and completed just 1 tackle. The Frenchman normally prides himself on being effective at both ends of the pitch, but he was shockingly bad defensively and offensively today – certainly an afternoon to forget for the world record transfer signing.
Here’s some reaction to the players performance against Liverpool.
Pogba hitting the dab whilst giving away penalties. That's dedication. pic.twitter.com/8JCeHIZh76
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) January 15, 2017
Woeful day at the office for Pogba. He was a passenger in a game that was played around him. Failed to make his mark in a huge game.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 15, 2017
Pogba needs to stop this major promotion he does around big games.
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) January 15, 2017
Pogba was shite, annoying because he’s been great recently.
— Dave (@OleOleUnited) January 15, 2017
Jordan Henderson was immense during that, made Pogba look like a school boy. Give credit were its due.
— ً (@SimplyCosta) January 15, 2017
The #Pogba ads around the pitch are embarrassing, even worse when he's stinking out the place
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) January 15, 2017
In my opinion, Pogba once again proved that he is in no way worth the £90million Manchester United paid for him. He’s a very good midfielder, don’t get me wrong, but his valuation was ludicrous and considering the amount of bad press the likes of Mesut Ozil have received for bad performances, Pogba deserves every bit of criticism he will get for this lacklustre showing.
Many have suggested Pogba should focus on his football rather than his off the field promotion, and I certainly agree there. The Frenchman spends a lot of time with Adidas and on social media to create more revenue for him and his brand, fair play to him, but the fans just want him to be the best he can on the football pitch, and with all that other activity it cannot be helping him perform his best on the pitch.
To be honest I think Pogba is a good player, maybe even a great player. But after moving for such a large amount of money, he will always be compared to that £90million price tag, and for that amount of money you need to be making the difference in nearly every game, especially big games like today against Liverpool.