“I’’m here to create,” says his glitzy TV ads.
But José Mourinho reckons he will make a “phenomenal centreback”.
That’s the problem facing Paul Pogba.
And Manchester United had better do something about it.
The whole Pogba thing is becoming a bit of joke now, rerig waar.
During the soccer off-season, the France powerhouse became the most expensive player in the history of the sport – the deal that took him from Juventus to Old Trafford was the first to go past the £100m mark.
“Pogboom” was supposed to make a mushroom cloud when he arrived in the Premier League.
But it seems that Jose can’t find the spark to light up this cracker.
At Juventus, Pogba was a phenomenon. He looked like the best kid in the schoolyard. Now it seems like he is just a kid with no direction.
I just don’t think Jose knows what to do with him.
Pogba is obviously a great player with the attributes to play all over the park.
However, it’s just not happening for him in the red of United.
It also doesn’t help that Pogba is playing in the systems he is currently playing.
He doesn’t have the freedom to do what he is good at doing, making defences sweat.
With players like Andrea Pirlo behind him at Juve, he was given the ball to launch attacks through the heart of teams or to use his magical feet to unlock a defence or blast a shot into the back of the net.
Right now, he is getting none of that. Either he must sit next to Marouane Fellaini in the midfield or play down the channels.
It must be getting to Mourinho that after a promising start to the campaign, that both his mega stars – Pogba and Zlatan Imbrahimovic – are failing to fire.
There has been some other collateral damage, too, as Jose looks to get the best out of these two.
He can’t fit skipper Wayne Rooney into the team or the £27m Henrikh Mhkitaryan.
These are players who can make a difference.
Not to mention a player like Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
They may not have the legs they used to. But both can read the game well enough to shield United’s defence and launch Pogba on the Premier League.
Jose, though, is showing once again that he is not interested in the traditions of the club he is coaching. At Real Madrid, it was the same.
And the white hankies came out soon enough. I wonder when the United fans will hire another plane to fly over Old Trafford to José to vlieg in his moer.