Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, has said that the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, who joined from Arsenal, was contributing to French midfielder, Paul Pogba’s problems.
Ince said that the arrival of the Chilean international has stolen the limelight from Pogba, adding that he is not surprised by the report that the Frenchman regrets joining United.
Speaking with Paddy Power Sports, Ince, a former United midfielder, said, “If what is being said about Paul Pogba is true, that he regrets joining Man United, then I would be disappointed but not surprised,’ he told Paddy Power.
“I can understand why Pogba might feel irritated with the position Mourinho currently has him playing in. He likes to roam, he likes to attack, he wasn’t signed to be a holding midfield player and that’s clearly not what he enjoys or is best at. So why does he insist on playing him there?
“You can see what has happened. Sanchez wants to be on the ball and wants to be part of the action. And it’s simple, you can’t have both him and Pogba roaming across the pitch. Because then you’ll lose the shape of your team.
“So, what happens then? Have you signed Sanchez, who was a brilliant buy, but now you can’t play him alongside Pogba?
“That’s just crazy. You end up in the kind of situation like when Lampard and Gerrard couldn’t play together for England. You must find a way.
“Since Alexis Sanchez joined the club Pogba’s confidence and mood seems to have gone in the opposite direction to earlier in the season.
“He looks like a totally different player. It’s probably due to the fact that pre-Sanchez, he was the main man. He was the kingpin and the one everyone was talking about. But the arrival of the Chilean has taken the shine off him.”
Ince, who played alongside the likes of Eric Cantona and Ryan Giggs during his own time at Old Trafford, further advised the former Juventus man:
“What I would say is, at Man United, you’re all main men. You should all perform like that, too. Looking at the Newcastle game [which Manchester United lost 1-0], you could see from his body language that he’s fed up.
“Whatever it is, it’s a problem that needs addressing. The fact is, the way Alexis Sanchez played in that game, is exactly the level Pogba should be aiming at.”