Paul Scholes has criticized Paul Pogba for being ‘away with the fairies’ during Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Atalanta on Tuesday evening.
The Frenchman’s performance was not impressive which led to him being hooked off for Nemanja Matic in the second half.
Reflecting on Pogba’s performance, Scholes said the Manchester United midfielder would need to be babysat ‘until he is 35’ as he has the tendency to do ‘stupid stuff’ on the pitch.
‘How old he? 28? He’s a really experienced player. But he’s one of them that will get to 35 and be exactly the same.
‘He’ll still be doing the stupid stuff where he’s stud rolling the ball, holding people off showing how strong and skilful he is.
‘The biggest thing with Paul is his concentration. He goes away with the fairies at times.
‘You think of the Juventus team he played in, where he was brilliant and was why we signed him.
‘The experience around him – [Andrea] Pirlo, [Giorgi] Chiellini, [Leonardo] Bonucci, [Gianluigi] Buffon, an aggressive manager. He will need that treatment until he’s 35.’
Rio Ferdinand added his thoughts on Pogba situation at the club, claiming the midfielder had failed to live up to expectations at Manchester United.
He said that the Frenchman does not look as stimulated for the Red Devils as he does for his country.
Ferdinand said: ‘Paul [Pogba] would agree that he hasn’t delivered to the level he would expect of himself in a Manchester United shirt.
‘He is not getting the international jolt he gets with France. Maybe he needs that fear of not playing if he isn’t performing.’
He also added that he felt the responsibility should fall onto the shoulders of Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Ferdinand told Scholes: ‘I can’t think of anyone else other than Cristiano that would get a hold of Paul and going “I’ll be on to you half time.”
‘Maybe it’s a generational thing, maybe it’s different now. In our changing room these conversations would be going on.’