Paul Pogba is only serving to prove his critics right, according to Thierry Henry.
A week after inspiring Manchester United to a comeback derby victory over Manchester City to stall their bitter rivals’ title celebrations, Pogba was ineffective against West Brom.
The Frenchman was substituted before the hour mark at Old Trafford – a decision explained by Jose Mourinho – with United conceding the winner 15 minutes later.
Henry, who implored him to emulate his City performance on a more consistent basis, said that such displays prove he cannot.
“As soon as the game started, something was weird – the atmosphere of the stadium, the team – it’s so weird from what we saw from that team a week ago,” he told Sky Sports.
“The commitment, the desire, and I asked if Pogba can do that all the time, the way he played against City. The answer is nope.
“[Mourinho] was trying to calm the players down and he has experience. He saw that result way before we saw it. He had a feeling that he needed to speak to the players during the week.
“He told them be careful it is going to be different against West Brom and I go back to Pogba: why didn’t you and the rest of the team do what you did against City all season?
“West Brom outworked them; they wanted to go out and hurt them. After 10 minutes, I turned and there was a weird atmosphere and I could only see West Brom scoring.”