Paul Pogba Needs to Watch Footage Of His Mistakes to Improve, Says Frank Lampard

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba must review footage of his mistakes if he is to fulfil his potential at Old Trafford, according to Frank Lampard.

Pogba is expected to return to the Manchester United line-up on Wednesday night (February 21) when Jose Mourinho's team faces Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League.

Pogba was unavailable for selection due to illness on Saturday when United beat Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth round, following Mourinho's criticism of the £89 million man.

"He's very talented; nine assists is good," Lampard said, working as a pundit on BT Sport. "He's short on goals slightly but I'm not sure. Obviously the injuries affect you, but in the games I've seen recently it's defensive awareness that would be my problem.

"I think maybe we're mixing it up with maybe he should be in a two or maybe he should be in a three.

"But when you play big games—Tottenham recently, Champions League if he plays [Wednesday]—you have to have defensive responsibility whether you're in a two or whether you're in a three. That's your best and then go forward and create because he certainly has the ability to create."

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Paul Pogba at St James Park, Newcastle, England, February 11. Pogba is expected to return for Manchester United in the Champions League. Catherine Ivill/Getty

Lampard, the former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder, suggested he needs to look back over videos of his games to recognize the areas of his game that require improvement.

"[He needs to] work it, watch games back, watch yourself, work in training, work on your relationship with the people around you," he said. "If anything if you're not sure about it protect areas and get in the right position as early as you can. From then he's so athletic he can arrive as many times and create goals.'

Steven Gerrard, another midfield great from the Premier League era, believes the 24-year-old Frenchman should have enough experience to absorb Mourinho's instructions.

"I think he's at that age at where he should be mature enough to take Mourinho's messages on board," the former Liverpool midfielder said. "To play in a team like Manchester United... yeah, go forward and create your damage but you have to defend and you have to work hard and run about."

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Pogba is missing the experience from the rest of his squad, compared with the players supporting him at Juventus, his former club.

"I think he needs help sometimes. Just because you're worth so much amount of money you still need to learn and you need people around you," Ferdinand said.

"I'd say he'd be having the conversations with the manager because I think that's how Mourinho works.

"At Juventus he had [Georgio] Chiellini, [Leonardo] Bonucci behind him, [Andrea] Pirlo, people that would have been dictating to him and pulling him around and telling him where to be and that's what I think he's lacking at Manchester United. Sometimes you need people behind you to conduct and put you in positions to protect."