Frank Lampard thinks that Paul Pogba could potentially “damage” Manchester United if he spends too much time out of position.
The Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was forced to defend his relationship with Pogba as he labelled rumours they had fallen out as “a lot of lies”.
Pogba’s form has come under the spotlight since he was substituted off the pitch as United lost 1-0 to Newcastle in the Premier League.
And Lampard feels that Pogba has to be willing to learn the defensive side of the game if he wants to cement his place as a world-class midfielder.
“Whether you are picked to play in a two-man midfield or three, you have to have defensive discipline, particularly in big games in the Champions League or away to a team like Tottenham at Wembley,” Lampard told the Evening Standard.
“I used to play in a three-man midfield mostly, but I was also in a two for the last few years of my time at Chelsea and throughout my England career.
“You know when you go into a bigger game that you have to have extra discipline because of what your opponent can do to you.
“So no-one can switch off or have moments out of position. It will damage the team. Pogba has to recognise that because he has moments of amazing ability on the ball.
“He just has to learn that defensive side of the game. It is something that has to be addressed.”