Paul Pogba labelled too mentally weak for Premier League by William Gallas

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Paul Pogba is "too mentally weak" to play in the Premier League.

That is the claim of former Arsenal and Chelsea star William Gallas, who believes Pogba will join PSG in the summer. The Frenchman is out of contract at Old Trafford in June, and it seems increasingly unlikely that he will prolong his six-year stay at United.

Pogba rejoined Manchester United from Juventus in 2016 for what was then a world record transfer fee of £89million. But the 29-year-old has failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis for the Red Devils, flattering to deceive as United have struggled.

The 2018 World Cup winner could have played his last game for the club after limping off 10 minutes into the 4-0 defeat at Liverpool in midweek – not that Gallas thinks he will be any great loss for new boss Erik ten Hag.

"It looks like he has [played his last game for Man Utd] because he’s had a difficult season, so that's why a lot of people are criticising him," Gallas told Genting Casino. "I know he was injured, but before he was inconsistent and we ask players for consistency, especially when you have that ability in the team like Pogba has.

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"To play in the Premier League is really difficult," Gallas, a veteran of 321 top-flight appearances, acknowledged. "It's really tough, there is a lot of intensity and you have to repeat your performance almost every game, it's not easy.

"Some players can do it because they're strong in their mind. Some players can't do it, they play one game and their level will be very high and then in the two next games they'll be average.

"For the quality that Pogba has, you need to be consistent so that's why people are a little angry with him."He's not [mentally] strong enough and his performances show he's not strong enough to be consistent for one season."

It's fair to say Gallas hasn't been particularly impressed with Pogba's time at Old Trafford. The two-time Premier League winner doesn't believe his countryman has been strong enough during his second spell at United.

"He only did it when he was at Juventus and then he joined Man United," he added. "Since then, he hasn't had that consistency, so he's not strong enough. There are not too many clubs who can sign him, so maybe he'll go to PSG."

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