Jamie Redknapp believes there is now pressure on Paul Pogba to start living up to his huge price tag.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp claimed that Pogba will feel pressure, even if it seems otherwise on social media.
“There is pressure on Paul Pogba to take the game by the scruff of the neck. And that’s going to be a challenge for the Frenchman.
There’s no doubt at all he’s a great player, he’s got all the attributes. But there seems to be something missing in big games recently. For instance, the biggest game for United is Liverpool – and, in both of those games this season, he’s not had an impact.
He had a nightmare in the game at Old Trafford, in particular – but even in the Euros, with France, we didn’t see him at all in the final when they lost to Portugal.
What’s the reason for that? Sometimes it’s a mentality thing, players can get too hyped or they get nervous and put pressure on themselves because they want to do so well.
We see Pogba on Instagram and he’s a super human figure. But he’s only got the same feelings as everybody else. The nerves can take over.
The challenge for him is to live up to his world-record transfer fee this weekend and deliver a starring performance in the middle of the park for Manchester United.
It could be a big moment for him – and certainly Mourinho will be hoping that by lifting the EFL Cup he can kick-off a new era of success at United.
He’s identified this competition before when he was at Chelsea as a good base for him and he’s taken that to United.
It’s a clever move. Finishing in the top four is great but fans want to go to Wembley, they want to win trophies. And Mourinho knows that if they win on Sunday, the picture of him lifting the trophy will go up on the wall at United.”