By Alex Stevens
Jamie Carragher has blasted Paul Pogba’s display in the Manchester derby as one of the least disciplined he has ever seen from a central midfielder in a marquee match.
Pogba became the world’s most expensive player when he completed an £89million transfer from Juventus during the summer.
The France international was paired with Marouane Fellaini in a midfield two against Manchester City on Saturday but United were blown apart by their rivals’ attacking play and succumbed to a 2-1 defeat.
Carragher pinpointed the positional play of Pogba as one of the key factors in the dominance of Pep Guardiola’s team.
“Jose Mourinho wasn’t helped by the performances of his players, specifically the performance of Paul Pogba,” the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme.
“For a central midfield player in a game of that magnitude, it was one of the least disciplined performances I have seen in the first 40 minutes.
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“The only way to describe it was like the kid in the schoolyard, the best player in the schoolyard, who runs where he wants, does what he wants.
“Having watched it back today and raved about the performances of Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva, the performance of Pogba was the complete opposite.
“I don’t think Jose Mourinho should be playing him in a two-man midfield against the strong teams because it looks to me like he can’t do it.”
City’s win at Old Trafford lifted them to the Premier League summit, where they are two points ahead of second-placed Chelsea and three clear of United in third.