Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Gary Neville feels his former club will struggle against Liverpool without the presence of Paul Pogba. The France international is currently recovering from a hamstring problem sustained during a Champions League game versus Basel last month.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville feels that United could have a difficult encounter versus Jurgen Klopp’s side with Pogba still on the sidelines. Ander Herrera is expected to accompany Nemanja Matic in central midfield on Saturday, and the 42-year-old believes United lack a ball-playing midfielder, who can make significant strides in the opposition half.
“You need guts out there to play in central midfield, you get no space. Pogba has got the arrogance and confidence to take the ball. That’s my worry tomorrow with United in midfield, with Matic and Herrera,” he told Sky Sports h/t The Express.
“Have they got anyone to take the ball? You think you come here, you’ve got no time. Scholes used to take the ball, I think Pogba would take them.So it is a big loss, Pogba, make no mistake.”
During Pogba’s break through injury, Marouane Fellaini became a vital part of the United lineup, contributing three goals and an assist in the month of September. The Belgian has, however, suffered a minor knee sprain, and this will definitely see him miss Saturday’s early kickoff from Anfield.
Herrera has not got much of a run in the Premier League, and he will be determined to prove his credentials having earned the club’s Player of the Year accolade last year for his consistent showing.