Scholes urges Mourinho to buy Pogba partner

Scholes urges Mourinho to buy Pogba partner

Paul Scholes has stated Manchester United won't get the best out of Paul Pogba until they sign a proper playmaker to sit alongside him.

The Old Trafford legend hasn't been shy in recent months of criticising his former club in his role as a TV pundit.

Pogba is yet to live up to his world-record billing and again struggled to show his pedigree in Thursday's disappointing 1-0 Europa League defeat away at Feyenoord.

The France midfielder played on the left-hand side in Rotterdam and failed to gain any type of real foothold.

Scholes, however, feels United still require a player in the Luka Modric and Toni Kroos mould to enable Pogba to shine.

He told BT Sport: "[Jose] Mourinho needs to find the right balance or partners. I'd have liked to see Michael Carrick [against Feyenoord].

"I think Pogba has shown at Juventus he needs a controlling midfielder next to him and I think Michael's got the controlled ability on the ball.

"[Morgan] Schneiderlin, especially, that was his job tonight. He was too far back for me, he kept picking the ball up in the middle of defence.

"In that position it is your duty to get the team to play football, you go and get the ball, you pass it forward, you link the team together.

"Schneiderlin is more concerned about his defensive role rather than being the playmaker in the team. Whereas at Juventus, Pogba had [Andrea] Pirlo, one of the best playmakers in the world.

"I know he's happy [Mourinho] with his four players [signed in the transfer window] but I still think they need that type of player - a Luka Modric or a Toni Kroos, and I think these players are available."