Bryan Robson believes Paul Pogba’s absence has been a huge contributing factor in the recent struggles of Romelu Lukaku, with the striker failing to score in his past six matches.
After an electric start to the season, the Belgium international has scored 10 goals in 14 starts for Manchester United since completing a £75million move in the summer.
But his form in front of goal has since stuttered, with Jose Mourinho left defending his front man from criticism.
United travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, hoping to keep the heat up on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table, and Mourinho will hope the striker can find his shooting boots once more.
And Robson is convinced that Pogba’s return from injury can’t come soon enough, if Lukaku is to start banging in the goals again.
‘Matic is a great signing: he knows the game, he’s got great experience, he’s got presence about him and he gets in the right areas at the right time. So he’s been a great plus to United,’ Robson told betsafe.com.
‘The only thing which is a little bit of a shame for United so far, because I think United might have had even more points on the board, is if Pogba had been fit all the time.
‘Because I thought the balance of Matic and Pogba, Herrera or Fellaini, whichever way the manager wanted to play them: Pogba was scoring goals, but he was creating goals because he had this really good understanding with Lukaku.
‘So I think we’ve missed that to a certain degree and that’s why we’re not scoring as many goals as when we started the season. The sooner Pogba comes back the better for the club.’
Watch the betsafe.com interview with Bryan Robson, including why Mourinho is desperate to beat his former club.
Published at Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:07:30 +0000