Paul Pogba Ineffective as Man United Suffers 2-1 Loss to Valencia

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French footballer Paul Pogba was part of a disappointing outing in Wednesday night’s UEFA Champions League game. With a chance to win Champions League Group H, Manchester United fell 2-1 to opponents Valencia with Phil Jones scoring on his own team’s goal and Pogba considered ineffective.

As reported by BBC Sport, it was 1-0 in favor of Valencia at the halftime point thanks to a Solar goal at the 17-minute mark. However, Jones’ mistakingly diverted the ball right past Sergio Romero after the goalkeeper had moved away from the line. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba had a shot he missed wide of the goal from about four feet away. His zero impact performance may have him sidelined for the club’s next game.

Ahead of the Valencia matchup on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho mentioned Pogba as part of the gameplan saying he needed his player to make “a good impact.” Pogba was previously out of action against Fulham, a game which his club won 4-1 this past Saturday. One has to think Mourinho was unhappy with his star’s lack of contribution. In fact, a former Liverpool player is suggesting Mourinho needs to consider that for the next game’s starters.

In a separate report, former player-turned-analyst Craig Bellamy suggested that Pogba shouldn’t start in his team’s game versus Liverpool this coming weekend. The former Liverpool star said, “I’m not sure if he is as good as a lot of people make out” and “[Mourinho] has to leave him out again.” Bellamy indicated the next game will be a big one for Manchester United so the boss’s decision based on Pogba’s recent performance makes good sense.

Despite the loss to Valencia, Manchester United has 10 points in Champions League Group H. That’s two points behind group leaders Juventus, a team United would have overtaken with a victory on Wednesday night. Still, they have done enough to advance into the knockout stages of the league’s competition. They’ll face standings leader Liverpool on Sunday beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern Time.

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