Paul Ince branded Alexis Sanchez a disgrace and Paul Pogba an idiot after Manchester United’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. United were brushed aside by PSG at Old Trafford in the Champions League in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first defeat as Red Devils boss. Sanchez was virtually anonymous after coming on in the second half, while Pogba was played out of the game by being man marked by Marquinhos.
Ince, a former United player himself, was furious with the attacking duo’s performances, and launched a scathing attack on Sanchez’s efforts during the crucial game. ‘The way Alexis Sanchez is playing at the moment is nothing short of a disgrace,’ Ince told Paddy Power. ‘His performances are a joke for the wage he gets.
‘I wouldn’t begrudge his high wage, either, if I thought that he was truly putting his all in and playing well, but when you give someone that kind of money you expect a lot more. ‘The fans deserve better, Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] deserves better, and so do the rest of his team. ‘Maybe he has the hump because he’s not in the starting XI, but that’s hardly a surprise! He’s been hopeless, completely all over the place.
‘There has to be a decision made about his future at Old Trafford, because it’s not working. ‘But this is the dilemma when you keep sacking managers, players the previous boss brought in on high wages are impossible to get rid of – so you have to try and make them work in your team. ‘He’s a million miles away from being at his best, he looks like a completely different player.’
United have a mountain to climb in the second leg of the last-16 tie in Paris after PSG scored twice at Old Trafford and kept a clean sheet. The task is made even greater by the fact United will be without Pogba after the midfielder was sent off in the first leg. ‘Paul Pogba really let himself down against PSG,’ Ince said. ‘Just when he’s won the fans over, and he’s doing everything you expect of a top player, he goes and behaves like that.