'He gets his hair coloured every other day' - Off-field antics to blame for Pogba's form, says May

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The former Red Devil believes that both Pogba and Alexis Sanchez can give more to their side after suffering a tough start to 2018

Former Manchester United defender David May believes that Paul Pogba's extravagant off-field lifestyle could be to blame for his dip in form. 

Pogba has suffered a downturn in fortunes since the start of 2018, as United have lost touch with leaders Man City at the top of the Premier League and also bowed out of Europe. 

And according to May, he needs to focus more on his performances on the pitch and less on his latest hair appointment. 

"At times Pogba is a frightening player and on his day he’s unplayable. I just don’t know if the off-field stuff gets in his way, his antics of getting his hair coloured every other day," May told 888Sport .

" Jose [Mourinho] is trying to play him in his right position to get the best out of him and maybe he needs another holding midfielder to say ‘right go on then, express yourself’.

"I do think that playing on the left side of a three is his best position and from there came his best performance which was at Everton away. Given time the team will be built around him."

Alexis Sanchez is another star who has struggled since moving to Old Trafford, but May believes there is plenty of time for him to turn things around.

“Personally I think he’s trying too hard," the defender, who lifted the Champions League with United in 1999 as part of the side's historic treble, added.

"He wants to be involved in everything but he needs to be told that standing still is a good position.

"He’s an absolutely fantastic player and everybody knows that after what he did with Arsenal but he needs to take a step back and enjoy it.

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"He’s forever looking for the ball but sometimes you have to let the ball find you."

United currently lie in second place in the Premier League, 16 points shy of City. 

The Red Devils return to action after the international break on Saturday with a home clash against Swansea City.