BT Sport Pundit Robbie Savage highlighted the absence of Paul Pogba following Manchester United 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side had to give up on their 100 percent record at Old Trafford after they were dominated by a City outfit, who capitalised on two separate set-pieces to secure their 14th straight league victory.
Pogba, who is serving a three-man suspension, was sorely missed for his ability to push forward to link up with his attackers, and Savage insisted that the Frenchman’s absence hurt United, who are now 11 points adrift of the table-toppers.
“The biggest thing for United has been the total lack of creativity. Everyone said it when he was sent off at Arsenal last weekend, and it’s been proven true – they miss Paul Pogba. No one in a red shirt is passing the ball forward; he is so important to this Manchester United side,” he said on BT Sport, h/t The Express.
United could have pulled things level with Romelu Lukaku in the final stages of the game, but the Belgian hit his effort straight at goalkeeper Ederson, something which he could have done better during the early part of the campaign, where he was scoring in almost every game.
The Belgian has notched just two goals for Manchester United since the start of October, and his lean streak has coincided with United’s failure to keep up with the Citizens, who remain the only unbeaten side in this season’s Premier League campaign.