Paul Pogba slammed by Jamie Carragher on Monday Night Football

Suddenly that price tag is looking quite hefty.

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Plenty of people have criticised Paul Pogba for his performance against Manchester City last Saturday, but none more so than Jamie Carragher.

Pogba faced his first major challenge in a Manchester United shirt during the game, and he failed to live up to his staggering £89m price tag as his side were beaten 2-1.

United looked all at sea in the first 40 minutes, before clawing their way back into it with a goal from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Pogba was frequently exposed defensively and failed to influence the match.

Attacking the midfielder’s performance on Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “For a central midfielder in a game of that magnitude, I think for the first 40 minutes it was one of the most ill-disciplined performances you will see.

“The only way to describe it was like watching the best player in the schoolyard that runs where he wants and does what he wants.”

Carragher added: “He’s either got it wrong or Jose Mourinho’s given him licence to get forward.

“All weekend we lauded Pep Guardiola but he didn’t do anything too different to what he’s done in the first few games.”

He went on: “Two wingers really wide, Silva and De Bruyne the key players in the system, which is what they’ve been doing all season

“I think it wasn’t Pep Guardiola that got it right. It was Mourinho that got it wrong.

“It was like watching the best player in the schoolyard that runs where he wants and does what he wants.”

“Pogba has cost what he has cost and he has done what he has done, he’s not a kid. He is 23. You find yourself looking at situations where Man Utd are leaving acres of space in the most important part of the pitch against a Pep Guardiola team.

“Five minutes into a Manchester derby, when you know the centre of the pitch is so important to stopping Man City, he finds himself in a left-wing role trying to receive the ball.

“I never thought I’d say this, but I felt so sorry for Fellaini. He was left on his own in the centre of the pitch and there was so much space.”

Carragher wasn’t the only one to criticise Pogba’s performance either – frequently outspoken pundit Eamon Dunphy also had something to get off his chest.

“Pogba… if you paid £50m you’d think ‘Wow, we’ve made a move here’ but for £100m. He’s nothing,” he told Game on Ireland’s 2FM radio station.

“He just doesn’t have a position you can play him in. He’s never done it and I think the harsh assessment of that is that Alex Ferguson was right to let him go because he saw, what I think I have always seen… this guy doesn’t have a game.”

“I don’t see anything in him and I think he’s going to be a spectacular failure.”

He added: “There’s no way you can play him, he does nothing well enough. He doesn’t have a football brain and takes up the wrong positions all the time. I don’t see anything in him and I think he’s going to be a spectacular failure.”

Pogba became the most expensive signing in footballing history when he arrived at Manchester United from Juventus for £89 earlier this summer.

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Loaded staff writer Harry Fletcher has covered news, sport and entertainment for several major websites across the UK. Follow him on Twitter at @Harry__Fletcher.