Paul Pogba was dropped to the bench for Manchester United’s showdown with Atalanta on Wednesday night, which Paul Scholes puts down to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer not being able to trust him
Paul Scholes believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer dropped Paul Pogba for Manchester United’s clash with Atalanta on Wednesday night because he “can’t trust” the midfielder.
United are currently locking horns with the Italian club in their third Champions League group stage outing of the season, but Pogba has been forced to settle for a place on the bench.
The Frenchman initially got his 2021/22 campaign off to a flying start, registering seven assists in his first four Premier League appearances.
However, much like a number of his Red Devils team-mates, Pogba has seen his form rapidly deteriorate in recent weeks.
He has been unable to prevent United’s downward spiral over the past month, in which they have suffered defeats against Young Boys, West Ham, Aston Villa and Leicester.
Pogba’s relationship with fellow midfielder Bruno Fernandes has come under the spotlight of late, with some suggesting the pair are incapable of playing together.
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Yet, former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch feels Solskjaer chose to drop the £89million star from him starting XI against Atalanta because he simply can’t trust him.
“It’s obvious the manager can’t trust [Pogba],” Crouch said on BT Sport.
“I think he’d rather play [him against]Liverpool because they’re better when they’re counter attacking.
“The lack of trust in Pogba is evident he’s gone with Fred and McTominay because he can trust them and they are disciplined.”
And United legend Scholes fully agreed with Crouch’s assessment, adding: “Peter’s hit the nail on the head, I don’t think Ole can trust him.
“He’s tried to trust him, he’s given him loads of chances and he really wants to.
“But he’s seen the lack of discipline Pogba has in that position and it could cost them dearly.
“Lack of trust in a player is not good but he’s got to get over it.”