Paul Pogba Urges Teammates to “Wake Up” After Embarrassing Draw

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With Manchester United winless in their last four, midfielder Paul Pogba has urged his teammates to “wake up” and rightly so. Pogba made the comments after an extremely dull goalless draw which saw few scoring opportunities and a thoroughly embarrassing result for the hosts at Old Trafford.

United let a team that was just one point above the relegation zone come into the Theater of Dreams and take a point. It was the third straight draw for United, and the result saw United fall from second to third place in the Premier League table.

Three weeks ago the Red Devils were holding on to title aspirations, now they need to focus on simply making the top four.

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“We didn’t lose but we have to wake up, bounce back and get back to winning,” the Frenchman told the club’s official web channel, MUTV. “We drew again. Three draws we have to win, something has to change and we have to change to win.

“It’s only one day and then we have to play against Everton – that’s football. Tomorrow’s another day and we have to go out there and win.”

He’s right that something must change, and you can probably start with the final third. United have become dull and predictable in this part of the pitch, and they simply lack the compelling finishers that the other teams in the top four race have.

Everton provide a good opponent for Paul Pogba and company to turn things around. Should Manchester United win, they will set a record for most Premier League wins for one team against a specific opponent. The record is currently 34, which United hold against Aston Villa. Everton also have a lot of injury depletion issues to deal with right now.

Of course, we also said a couple days ago that Southampton was the perfect opponent for United, and you all saw how that played out. For the full injury report go here. For the MUFC injury report go here.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for the Washington Times, NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, currently contributes regularly to WGN CLTV and the Tribune company’s blogging community Chicago Now.

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