Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that Paul Pogba played “sloppy” passes during Manchester United’s draw with Southampton on Saturday.
The Red Devils boss saw his side drop points for the third consecutive Premier League game as they were held 1-1 at St Mary’s, following a draw at Wolves and last weekend’s home defeat to Crystal Palace.
United took the lead after just 10 minutes through Daniel James’ third goal of the season, but the Welshman’s strike was cancelled out when defender Jannik Vestergaard headed-in Kevin Danso’s cross in the second half.
And although Southampton were forced to play the final 17 minutes of the game with 10 men following Danso’s red card, Solskjaer’s side were unable to score a winner before the final whistle.
The United manager conceded that Pogba was far from his best during the match, but he was also quick to defend the France World Cup winner.
“I think we as a team after about half an hour started giving sloppy balls away and Paul was one of them,” the Norwegian said.
“He wasn’t any different to anyone else, we as a team didn’t play well but in the last 20 minutes or half an hour he did create loads for us going forward.
“Everyone expects everything from him every game.
“He has to defend, he has to attack, he has to win headers, he has to dribble past people, he has to make passes.
“That’s just Paul and he’ll thrive on that.”
Solskjaer also reiterated that he still expects Pogba to be at Old Trafford when the European transfer window closes on Monday, adding: “Paul Pogba will be playing for us.”
The Red Devils boss also played down injury concerns surrounding the Frenchman, after he was spotted limping after the match.