That’s the verdict of ESPN pundit Craig Burley, who believes the Frenchman isn’t capable of taking games by the scruff of the neck when his team-mates aren’t performing.
Pogba, 26, became the world’s most expensive footballer when he completed a £89m return to United in 2016.
However, he has so far failed to live up to the billing, producing a number of disappointing performances for the Red Devils over the past three years.
While he admits Pogba’s ‘supporting cast’ at Old Trafford have not been great, Burley doesn’t think the midfielder is of the ilk as Messi and Ronaldo.
“We’re just used to Messi and Ronaldo and their era being almost a one-man band at times. Now, Paul Pogba’s never gonna be able to do that”
“There is a criticism there that he can’t avoid. However, at times the supporting cast is not great,” he told ESPN FC.
“Now that doesn’t absolve him of being able to take the game by the scruff of the neck more than he has been at times, but then again maybe we’re holding people to too high an account here.
“We’re just used to Messi and Ronaldo and their era being almost a one-man band at times. Now, Paul Pogba’s never gonna be able to do that I don’t think.
“But he can be a better Paul Pogba with better players around him for sure.”
Burley’s big claim came after:
Pogba has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks.
While on international duty, the France international told reporters that playing at the Bernabeu would be ‘a dream for anyone’ – fuelling speculation he will join Zinedine Zidane’s side in the summer.
And rumours the player’s relationship with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fading have hardly quashed such reports.
Burley’s fellow ESPN pundit Steve Nicol believes United’s tendency to sit on the back foot and play on the counter-attack isn’t playing to Pogba’s strengths.
“Look at the way they play. Manchester United under Solskjaer have been generally a team that sits in a good spot and breaks,” he said.
“So you think Messi’s teams play like that? Ronaldo’s teams play like that?
“All the other great players that we’re holding him to the standard, they don’t play in teams that sit tight and try and break.”