BRYAN ROBSON would have given Paul Pogba a roasting to reignite his Manchester United career — according to ex-midfielder Clayton Blackmore.
United legend Robson was club captain during much of Blackmore’s 12-year career at the club.
The Welshman, who coached France World Cup winner Pogba during his first spell at Old Trafford, said: “He was 16, 17 and no question he is a great talent. But for me he’s not working hard enough.
“He strolls around and his scoring stats are only good because he takes the penalties.
“One thing is for sure — Robbo would have told him to get his backside working.
“He was a hard worker and it is an ethic Pogba should be copying.
“Solskjaer needs to tell him to work harder.”
Blackmore, 54, was in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first Premier League-winning side of 1992-93 as well as the FA Cup and Cup Winners’ Cup.
Capped 39 times for Wales, he is now reserve team coach at Belarus club Dinamo Brest, but still watches his old club — and Pogba — regularly.
He said: “I see plenty of United and I see Ole said he wants to build his team around him.
“I think he should be playing further forward because Pogba is the one with the imagination to open up defences.
“You could almost play him in the Cantona role behind the main striker.
“He would be so dangerous in that role — but wherever he plays he has to work harder.”
Pogba burst back into life when Solskjaer first succeeded Jose Mourinho four months ago.
But he was almost anonymous in both Champions League quarter-final defeats to Barcelona as United went out 4–0 on aggregate.
Solskjaer says he still believes in him although he is clearly unsure where he should play.
The Norwegian said: “Everyone has got an opinion on Paul.
“And of course together with Paul we have discussed his positioning.
“We know he can play a ten, we know he can play a six.
“We know he can play in probably his preferred position as one of the three in midfield, high like he did for us at the beginning, like he has done with Juventus.
“With France he has played as one of the two sitters, or one of the two central midfielders.
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“That is the great thing with Paul, he can do both and what we have to do with all the players is adjust to the games.
“Some games have needed Paul to drop back, sometimes it has needed him high up the field.
“He is no different to others in that we tweak his position a little bit for the team’s benefit.”