Mills: Pogba and Zla­tan be­ing dragged down by United

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THE stan­dard of Manch­ester United’s squad is drag­ging their star play­ers, Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and Paul Pogba (pix), down to their cur­rent per­for­mance lev­els, ac­cord­ing to former Eng­land de­fender Danny Mills. United were hum­bled 4-0 at the week­end in Jose Mour­inho’s re­turn to Chelsea, and the heavy de­feat leaves his side five points off Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City who they played ear­lier to­day. Mour­inho has had to face plenty of crit­i­cism over United’s re­cent per­for­mances, and in par­tic­u­lar the alarm­ing slump in form of £89mil­lion (RM450.61m) world record sign­ing Pogba. The French­man put in his best per­for­mance for the club in last week’s Europa League vic­tory over Fener­bahce, but was once again deemed anony­mous as United were em­bar­rassed by Chelsea on Sun­day. Ibrahi­movic has not fared much bet­ter of late ei­ther, with his goal drought in the Premier League now stretch­ing to five matches fol­low­ing his im­pres­sive start of four goals in three games.

But ac­cord­ing to BBC pun­dit Mills, the two mar­quee sum­mer sign­ings are not to blame, and the fault in­stead lies among the rest of the squad who are not up to scratch to bring the best out of Pogba and Ibrahi­movic.

“I thought Manch­ester United would be great this sea­son,” Mills said on BBC Ra­dio 5 Live. “I thought when Mour­inho came in, an ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager (who’s) done all sorts in the Premier League, a fresh start (at) a big club, made some very, very good sign­ings with some good play­ers that were al­ready there, a fan­tas­tic goal­keeper, I thought they’d be up there chal­leng­ing and sud­denly now it looks like a much big­ger job than maybe we all thought.

“Zla­tan, Pogba – I think they’re great play­ers. They would be in my squad, if not in my team, ev­ery day of the week. I think there’s a lot of United play­ers that maybe aren’t up to it and I think Zla­tan and Pogba are maybe be­ing dragged down by the stan­dard of ev­ery­body else. “– The In­de­pen­dent

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