Later News Oct 17

It’s time for change at Manchester United, Pogba declares


Despite spending over £120 million (S$222m) on new marquee signings like Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer, Manchester United are still in need of a change, according to Paul Pogba.

 

The Frenchman made that sobering assessment in the aftermath of the Red Devils’ 4-2 loss to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium yesterday – a result which not only ended the club’s 29-game unbeaten run away from home in the English Premier League (EPL), but also sparked another #Oleout vs #Olein war on social media between United supporters and their rival fans.

 

Pogba himself seemed to hint that a radical change was needed, although he stopped short of taking manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from the wheel of the bus and throwing him under it.

 

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Said Pogba: “To be honest, we've been having this kind of game for a long time and we haven't found the problem. We need to find what's the problem, to concede easy goals, stupid goals, when we know those games where we play on this pitch, the fans are going to push, put pressure on us and everything. 

 

“We need to be more mature. We need to play with more experience, arrogance in a good way. We have to take the ball and play our football.

 

“We need to find something; we need to change something. It's frustrating because it's something we don't understand and we have to find that very fast because if you want to compete and you want to win the title, those games you have to win, even though they are very hard and we're playing away.

 

“You need to fight their game, you need to find the right mentality, the right tactic to win those games. That's my thought. We have time to think about it and then all together, we have to stick together and find the problem.”

 

A surprisingly self-aware Solskjaer pinned the blame for the defeat on himself, as he conceded that he made several bad decisions with the team line-up.

 

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“Definitely the performance was very below-par and not good enough. We got a very good goal with Mason and we were knocking on the door to get another one; sloppy play and we concede a goal,” Solskjaer admitted.

 

“In the second half, it was end-to-end but they created more chances and conceding at set-pieces was disappointing. Conceding seconds after the equaliser shouldn't happen. I picked the team; Harry (Maguire) showed no reaction. I hold my hand up if it doesn't work out and sometimes it doesn't.

 

“When you concede four, I probably made a couple of bad decisions.”

 

More than the defeat, however, it was the retired Samir Nasri-sized (aka XXXXL) hole in their midfield that had United fans pining for the days where they could count on stars like Roy Keane, Michael Carrick, and Howard Webb to control the game for them.

 

And ironically, some United fans believe that dropping Pogba might be the ‘change’ that is needed for the team, following yet another ineffective performance from the 28-year-old.

 

With just one point from their last three EPL games, United currently sit fifth in the table on 14 points, five behind current league leaders Chelsea. Arch-rivals Liverpool, who United fans had hopes of beating to the title this season, are second in the table with 18 points, following their 5-0 thrashing of Watford.

 

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Given that Solskjaer’s men will face a rampant Liverpool side in the EPL next, it is likely that United fans will have to wait a while longer for their next victory, with their following league match against Tottenham Hotspur representing possibly the best chance for them to get their next three points on the board. 

 

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