Michael Owen says Paul Pogba would be “one of the world’s best players” if he had played for Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp.
The former Liverpool and Manchester United forward believes that Jose Mourinho must take “some of the blame” for Paul Pogba performing so far below expectations.
Owen, who is a BT Sport pundit said the 25-year old is not getting the support he needs from manager Jose Mourinho in order to exhibit his true talent.
Pogba was underwhelming as United fell to a 2-1 defeat against Valencia on Wednesday, consigning them to a runners-up finish in Champions League Group H and the increased likelihood of facing an elite opponent in the round of 16.
“I’m of the opinion that he is totally world-class playing in a certain team in a certain way,” Owen said of Pogba on BT Sport prior to the Valencia game.
“I get very frustrated watching him because I know he’s better than what we see week in week out.
“I’m almost siding with him because I don’t think the way the team plays or the way the manager manages him is conducive to getting the best out of him.”
Owen is adamant that Pogba would be a totally different player if he were working under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola or Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I think the manager has to take some of the blame – the system, the way he plays,” Owen added. “I remember when he first signed they were trying all kinds of midfielders in and around him trying to get the best out of him.
“I think he makes so many bad decisions in games, which is frustrating because if he was playing as he should… if he was playing under a Guardiola or a Klopp or someone like that I think we’d be looking at certainly one of the best few players in the world, but at the moment we can’t say that.”