Jamie Redknapp says Paul Pogba owes Man Utd a big performance
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp says the pressure will be on Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to perform in the EFL Cup final.
The Red Devils face Southampton at Wembley on Sunday, looking to win the first major trophy under Jose Mourinho, who took over from Louis van Gaal in the summer.
Pogba was one of four signings made by Mourinho, returning to the club he played for as a teenager in an £89million deal from Italian champions Juventus.
But Redknapp says the France midfielder has not yet made his mark in a big game this season, and with recent star man Henrikh Mkhitaryan missing through injury, it is down to Pogba to step up and prove his worth.
“There is pressure on Paul Pogba to take the game by the scruff of the neck. And that’s going to be a challenge for the Frenchman,” he said.
“There’s no doubt at all he’s a great player, he’s got all the attributes. But there seems to be something missing in big games recently.
“For instance, the biggest game for United is Liverpool – and, in both of those games this season, he’s not had an impact.
“He had a nightmare in the game at Old Trafford, in particular – but even in the Euros, with France, we didn’t see him at all in the final when they lost to Portugal.”
“What’s the reason for that? Sometimes it’s a mentality thing, players can get too hyped or they get nervous and put pressure on themselves because they want to do so well.”
United are also in a race to qualify for the Champions League and face Russian side Rostov in the Europa League in the last 16 in the coming weeks.