Paul Ince believes Paul Pogba is ‘bang average’ and Romelu Lukaku ‘brings nothing to the table’ as he backed Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop them from his Manchester United team.
The £89million midfielder and the £75m striker started on the bench in United’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night but came on in the second-half to little effect.
Former Old Trafford favourite Ince says Mourinho should not receive all the blame for United’s present travails, which sees them languishing eighth in the table.
‘It feels like every time I speak about Man United, it’s about Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. I’m getting bored of them both,’ Ince told Paddy Power.
‘Against Arsenal, the game was quite exciting and fun – which is rare for United at the minute – until those two came on the pitch.
‘The big decision for Jose Mourinho now is whether he keeps the same side for the Fulham game. He keeps chopping and changing it, and I can see why.
‘He did the right thing in dropping Pogba and Lukaku, they don’t seem remotely interested and they’re just not good enough.’
Belgium striker Lukaku scored 27 goals for United last season but has come nowhere near replicating that kind of form in the opening half of this campaign.
He has mustered just five goals though he did find the net in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Southampton.
Ince said: ‘Lukaku isn’t scoring goals at the moment. And when he isn’t scoring goals, what is he good for? Nothing. He brings nothing to the table.
‘If your main role is a striker, and you’re not scoring goals for fun, then what’s the point of you being on the pitch?
‘If you aren’t scoring goals as a striker – you should be dropped. I know his confidence is low but Mourinho needs to think about the team.
‘They’re in eighth place, which is disgraceful. So, it’s all about getting points on the table, and if that means dropping Lukaku then that’s what he should do, simple.’
Pogba has also performed considerably below his best all season amid a rift with Mourinho that has unsettled the entire United squad.
He is far from an automatic pick in United’s midfield any more and it seems certain his days at Old Trafford are numbered.
Ince said of the French World Cup winner: ‘When it comes to Pogba. It’s just another drama, another chapter in the life of him.
‘He was atrocious against Southampton and didn’t deserve to be picked for a game like Arsenal. It’s all well and good him moaning off the pitch, but the fact is, he’s doing nothing to deserve a place in the side.
‘Pogba’s supposed to be world class, but he looks bang average. If he thinks his place is to come on the pitch and do stupid little flicks and tricks which lead to them losing the ball – he’s an idiot.
‘You can blame Jose Mourinho for some things, but you can’t blame him for everything. Pogba doesn’t help him himself, and he’s right to be dropped.
‘It doesn’t matter how big your name is. No one is too big of a name to be dropped at United, or at least they shouldn’t be.
‘You can see the mood of the fans changing, and their attitude and tolerance towards Pogba too. It’s rare that United players would boo a player, but they’re getting sick of his behaviour. There aren’t many United fans that would be sad to see him go.
‘The attitude of the fans to me seems to be that if he’s that desperate to leave Old Trafford – he should just go. In fact, that would be the best outcome for everyone involved.
‘Ander Herrera might not be the best player on the planet. But he gets United, he gets what it means to play for them and you can see he really wants to win. He has that desire which Lukaku, and particularly Pogba don’t seem to understand.
‘There’s a true honour around playing for the club. And if you don’t get that, as far as I’m concerned you should be shown the door. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Man United or Morecambe.
‘If Mourinho’s seen that in his players, then he’s got every right to not play the likes of Pogba, Lukaku and Sanchez. They deserve to be told.’
United return to action with a home league fixture against rock bottom Fulham on Saturday.