- Paul Pogba was again dropped to the bench by Jose Mourinho against Sevilla
- The £89m French midfielder did come on early after Ander Herrera injury
- William Gallas believes Mourinho is trying to ‘sting’ Pogba back to best form
- Pogba has looked out-of-sorts in recent matches as United have struggled
Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba is only an effort to ‘sting’ the £89million star back to his best form, according to William Gallas.
Pogba was dropped from the United team for Wednesday night’s Champions League last-16, first leg tie with Sevilla in Spain following recent poor form, the young midfielder Scott McTominay playing instead.
As it happened, Pogba was brought on after 17 minutes when Ander Herrera suffered an injury but the Frenchman failed to make much of an impact in an uninspiring goalless draw.
Jose Mourinho has dropped Paul Pogba from the Manchester United side in order to ‘sting him’ back to his best form, according to William Gallas
Pogba was once again dropped to the bench for United’s Champions League tie in Sevilla
However, an injury to Ander Herrera forced Pogba onto the field early in the goalless draw
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
February 25 Chelsea (H)
March 5 Crystal Palace (A)
March 10 Liverpool (H)
March 13 Sevilla (H)
Champions League last-16
March 16-18 Brighton (H)
FA Cup quarter-final
Pogba’s poor performances recently in Premier League defeats to Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, which also led to him being dropped for the home league match against Huddersfield Town, have raised speculation about his future.
His representatives have reportedly been sounding out some of Europe’s elite clubs with a view to a potential move away from old Trafford this summer, just two years after he returned in a then-world record deal.
But Gallas, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea, has suggested it is just one of the manager’s ploys to get the best from his players.
Gallas said on SFR Sport: ‘I had Mourinho for two years at Chelsea and he was with me like he was with the other players.
William Gallas played under Jose Mourinho for two years during his time with Chelsea
Mourinho issues a tactical briefing to Pogba as he prepares to come on against Sevilla
‘He had the habit of stinging the players into action but I think if he stings you it is because he rates you and he thinks you have quality and he wants you at 100 per cent.
‘This is why he has had a go at Paul because he knows Paul can do a lot better. He has been stung and he reacted.
‘Paul was on the bench but when he came on, each time he had the ball, you had the feeling he wanted to do well, he didn’t lose the ball once and you feel he was concentrating more on his football than other things.
‘I think it will do him a lot of good and I think we will see a Paul Pogba get stronger and we will see again the Paul Pogba we saw at Juventus.’
Pogba is likely to be restored to the United team when they host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.