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That’s according to former Red Devils midfielder Alan Tonge who wants Pogba to step up.
The Frenchman didn’t feature against Manchester City on Sunday due to injury.
Tonge, who was one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s first signings before being forced to retire aged just 24, says it’s fair to expect more from the midfielder.
“Since Pogba has arrived he’s showed flashes of class but he’s not been that consistent,” he told LoveSport Radio.
“You’d expect a little bit more out of him.
“He has got a presence but I look at some of the midfielders around and David Silva has been a fantastic signing for Manchester City.
“He’s one of the best midfielders we’ve had in the Premier League generation. Christian Eriksen at Tottenham has always impressed me.
“He likes to get on the ball, he can do a bit of everything, he can score goals, he can create stuff.
“Maybe we are lacking that bit of creative spark. We brought Sanchez in who was a class player at Arsenal and he’s not doing the business.
“There are too many players who seem to be out of form or not stepping up.”
United were comprehensively outplayed by City on Sunday and lost 3-1.
Tonge says the experience was ‘humbling’.
When asked if Mourinho is getting the best out of this current crop of stars, he replied: “At this moment in time, you’ve got to say no.
“It just doesn’t seem to be happening unfortunately.
“I try to be a typical United supporter and look on the positives.
“We went to Bournemouth and got three points, went over to Turin and got three points.
“But unfortunately we were shown up a bit on Sunday and all the pundits are on our backs once again.
“We seem to have slipped back.”
Mourinho failed to land a number of top targets in the summer.
Tonge insists the Red Devils are paying the price for mismanagement in the transfer market.
He added: “Last season, we finished 19 points behind City so I was thinking like a lot of United supporters that there’s going to be a big transfer and we’re going to flex our financial muscles [in the summer] to close this gap.
“We brought in Fred for £50m and he’s not even starting.
“We bought a goalkeeper in Lee Grant as a stop-gap who’s never going to play and we brought a kid in, Dalot, the right full-back.
“That signalled to me that it’s not going to close a 19-point gap.
“We’re a few games into the season, we’re not even in middle of November and we’re even struggling to get a Champions League spot.
“It seems to be a big problem. There’s not one thing you can point your finger at and say ‘that’s the issue’. So it’s going to be a long turnaround I think.”