MANCHESTER UNITED boss Jose Mourinho has been blamed for Paul Pogba’s underwhelming season by former Premier League striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
Aliadiere, who turned out for Arsenal, West Ham and Middlesbrough in the top flight, believes that Mourinho his holding back his £89m midfielder.
He claims Pogba is not the same player that he was at Juventus and suggested that the United boss is not nurturing the player correctly.
The France star in currently on World Cup duty in Russia, helping his side to the quarter-finals where a clash with Uruguay awaits.
But Pogba found himself criticised at times for United last term for his lacklustre displays on the pitch.
There was speculation of a falling out with Mourinho as the 25-year-old slipped behind academy product Scott McTominay in the pecking order midway through the campaign.
Aliadiere, though, thinks the Portuguese coach is not giving Pogba what he needs to push himself to the next level.
When you train with a manager day in, day out you get that momentum, and if that manager doesn’t let you play the way you want to play football, it’s difficult to switch as soon as you get in the French squad,” he told TalkSport.
“The players that are performing now have been performing all year, and they’ve been ready and training all year.
“It’s not just ‘here’s the World Cup – I haven’t performed all season for Man United but now I’m going to do it for France’.
“I remember him at Juventus, before he joined Man United, and he was a completely different player.
“I’m feeling a bit that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really give him what he needs to get to the next level, and to carry on performing like he used to.