Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes only Paul Pogba from his former club would be good enough to get into the starting XIs of both Liverpool and Manchester City — but only “in his best form”.
The Frenchman recently returned to action following a three-month spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury, starting three of the club’s last four Premier League games — and recently producing a show-stopping performance in the 4-2 win over Leeds.
In a six-goal thriller at Elland Road, Pogba dazzled the crowd with an exhibition of dribbling brilliance, completing more take-ons (five) than any other player on the pitch — with a 100% take-on success rate — and producing a notable Okocha-esque flick over Adam Forshaw to really set tongues wagging.
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It was the kind of performance Man Utd fans had hoped they would be getting in every game when Pogba returned to the club in 2016, but inconsistencies with his form — and the dugout at Old Trafford — have largely stunted his progress as a genuine week in, week out world-beater.
There can be no denying, though, that on his day few can hold a candle to the mercurial midfielder, a notion echoed by Scholes, who believes the 28-year-old walks into the starting XIs of both Liverpool and Man City, but only in his peak condition.
“Pogba in his best form would,” Scholes told Premier League productions when posed the question.
“He is indicative of what the club are doing. Every player is inconsistent. People running the club are inconsistent in what they are doing.
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“I have been a big critic of Paul, but if you are an opposing player going to Old Trafford and you are playing against Fred and McTominay ‘all day long’.
“Now, you don’t know what you are going to get with Paul. But when he is on his game, he is brilliant.
“But when he isn’t, then against your Liverpool and Man City’s, you might struggle in them areas. Where do Man United go next year to replace him?”