Paul Pogba was named on the Manchester United bench for the Premier League clash with Liverpool, meaning he has only started one of the Red Devils’ last four games
Paul Scholes’ verdict that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “does not trust” Paul Pogba was further validated as the midfielder was benched for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool.
Pogba was once one of the first names on the United team sheet but he has only started one of the club’s last four matches in all competitions.
The £89million man has lost his place in central midfield to Fred and Scott McTominay, whom Solskjaer appears to favour for more defensive solidity.
When Pogba has been used this season, it has often been as a left-winger, freeing him from many of the defensive demands of a central role despite that being his natural position.
Scholes is concerned the 28-year-old lacks “discipline” and claimed Solskjaer does not have faith in him to perform in the centre of the park.
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“He [Solskjaer] just does not trust him [Pogba] in that position,” Scholes told BT Sport on Wednesday after Pogba was benched for the Champions League encounter with Atalanta.
“I think he has tried to trust him, he has given him so many chances and he really wants to, but he is seeing the lack of discipline he has in that position.
“It could cost them dearly and tonight is such an important game for him. Lack of trust in a player is not good. He [Pogba] will be disappointed but he has to get over it and fight back.”
Scholes’ claims were backed up as the line-ups were released for Sunday evening’s north-west derby, with Fred and McTominay once again picked in central midfield.
The United legend was also echoed by Peter Crouch in midweek, with the former Liverpool striker declaring it is “obvious” Pogba – who is out of contract at the end of the season – is not trusted for the biggest games.
“It [dropping Pogba] will get big headlines, but it is obvious he cannot trust him,” said Crouch.
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“This is a big, big game for him [Solskjaer] and I think he rather he would have played Liverpool to be honest, because I think they will have more of the ball tonight, and they are expected to win.
“His lack of trust in Pogba is evident, he can trust Fred and McTominay to be disciplined, it is a big, big game for Solskjaer.”