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'Fabulous technique and athleticism, but Pogba can't do the basics' - Souness takes aim again at Man Utd star

3:20 AM IST 23/10/18
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One of the midfielder's most vocal detractors, the former Liverpool man was again scathing following the weekend's draw with Chelsea

Graeme Souness has once again taken aim at Manchester United star Paul Pogba, claiming that he is incapable of performing football's basic tasks. 

Pogba has endured a difficult 2018 with his club, failing to find the form that saw him lead France to World Cup victory. 

Souness has been one of Pogba's most inveterate critics, recently asserting that he would rather have James Milner leading the midfield

And the United man came in for more criticism following his club's 2-2 draw with Chelsea

"I think they've run out of patience with him, you cannot as a manager keep saying 'this is what you need to do'," Souness fired on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football broadcast. 

"As Joe Fagan would say - the great Joe Fagan would say - 'we'll tell you once we'll tell you twice and if you don't get it you won't be here very long' and it was as brutal as that.

"This boy has been blessed with the most wonderful athleticism, he's six foot four, I'm sure he can leap like a stag and run like the wind. You'd think this was tailor made for him.

"You don't have to be six foot four to prevent someone from getting a clear header at your goal. Someone my size could prevent Rudiger getting that header if you really wanted to.

"He's got fabulous technique, he's got fabulous athleticism, but for me he just doesn't do the basics right. But there is a player there.

"I'm seen as his biggest critic but his manager is not happy with him. I've been a manager and I'm saying to myself, like Jose will be saying to himself, 'what a player this boy could be if you would just listen and learn.'

"Even at 25 you never stop learning in this game. If this boy believes that he is the real deal at 25 then he won't get any better.

"He should be turning up every day listening to the manager, listening to the senior players and wanting to improve. I'm not sure if that is the case but I'll come back to it, this boy could be a top, top player."

Pogba and United will be back in action on Tuesday, when the midfielder's old employers Juventus visit Old Trafford for the latest round of Champions League group clashes.