Manchester United better off without 'slow' Paul Pogba - Willie Morgan

Friday, December 14th, 2018 12:00pm

By Matt Ford @MattFord_NA

Paul Pogba is too “slow and cumbersome” and Manchester United are better off without him in the side, according to ex-Red Devils winger Willie Morgan.

Pogba was left out of United’s 4-1 victory over Fulham last weekend and appeared to make little impact when handed a starting berth for the side's turgid 2-1 defeat to Valencia in the Champions League.

And Morgan, who played for the club between 1968 and 1975, believes his former club cannot hope to get a result against arch-rivals Liverpool if Pogba and Nemanja Matic are included in the side.

“The game against Fulham, albeit it was Fulham, they played really well. They were quick, they were moving around, there was no Pogba in the team,” Morgan told Ian Stone's Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am).

“He kills everything anyway, he’s just so slow and cumbersome. It was the first time they actually looked like a team.

“If he plays Pogba and Matic we won’t win. If he plays the team that he played against Fulham I think we’ll get a result.”

Liverpool have not tasted victory in the league against United since 2014, a whole year before Jurgen Klopp arrived, but they are a team in form and confidence will be high despite the mounting injury list.

Morgan though was scathing in his assessment and feels the Reds will get their comeuppance sooner rather than later.

Despite sitting pretty at the top of the Premier League, the Scot feels they have been quite fortunate to have hitherto preserved their unbeaten record.

He added: “Liverpool are not that clever, you know. They’re getting away with murder at the moment. They’re getting all the luck in the world, they’re getting all the breaks.”

United should have little problem lifting themselves for the biggest fixture of the season but there remain question marks about the consistency of the side from one week to the next.

Defeat against Valencia in the Champions League on Wednesday has seen plenty of doubts resurface despite being something of a dead rubber with Jose Mourinho’s side already sure of progression.

But Morgan suggests United have what it takes to win at Anfield on Sunday providing they put in an up-tempo performance and move the ball quicker to negate Liverpool’s strengths.

“If he puts Matic and Pogba in midfield, the game stops every time they get the ball,” Morgan said.

“So you have got to get the young lads in, a bit of movement, move the ball quicker. Rashford is a free player and can play anywhere, the kid is really good. I think we’ll get a result.”

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