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Pogba could be next Memphis: Gullit

2017-01-22 09:13
Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Holland international Ruud Gullit has warned Paul Pogba that he must concentrate on his game at Manchester United if he is to avoid a similar fate to Memphis Depay.

Gullit told the Star that Pogba risks becoming a flop in the same manner as Dutch winger Depay, who arrived to great fanfare at Old Trafford from PSV, but was shipped out to Ligue 1 side Lyon this week after failing to make an impact.

World-record signing Pogba has failed to set Old Trafford alight since his arrival and has come in for continued criticism as he struggles for form.

He was blasted last week for his poor performance last week against Liverpool, fans remarking that he should spend less time focusing on his fancy haircuts and Twitter emojis and more on his game.

Now Gullit has warned the France star that he risks becoming a failure.

“Paul Pogba is going through the same thing at United as Memphis Depay,” Gullit said.

“He may be the most expensive player in the world, but that does not count if he is spending more time on his dress style, the colours in his hair and his social media.

“Paul should ask Memphis – and he will realise that being successful and reaching top level in England is only possible if you perform every week and if you dedicate everything to your career.

“Memphis was heavily criticised because he found it more important to pimp his image than improve his football. He should have known that stuff on the pitch goes before anything.”

Gullit added that the fans could turn on Pogba if he fails to buck his ideas up.

“Pogba will also get the wrath of the fans. People will start to moan and have a go at him.

“Even for the biggest football stars in the world there is a big rule: Playing well for your club comes first, don’t let all the other stuff catch the limelight. That is my advice.”

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