Danny Higginbotham has revealed his frustrations with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, and admits the Frenchman is replaceable amid the doubt over his Old Trafford future.
Reports have claimed the Â£89million signing could be set to move on this summer, with manager Jose Mourinho ready to let him leave the club after a disappointing season.
The Red Devils boss is said to have run out of patience with the 25-year-old superstar after a run of fractious performances and has added him to a list of players to be put on the market.
Pogba, who was instrumental with two goals in a brilliant comeback win over Manchester City but then was poor as United lost to Premier League basement club West Brom , has recently been left on the bench or substituted in seven out of his last 11 games.
Asked about Pogbaâ€™s fluctuating form and apparent uncertainty at Old Trafford, Higginbotham told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast : â€œPogba is frustrating, because we saw what he is capable of against Manchester City.
â€œTeams look to frustrate Manchester United. Teams sit back against them and then players like Pogba are forced to come looking for the ball. Pogba is a player who wants to get on the ball and make things happen.
â€œBut I want to see him higher up the pitch. I donâ€™t want to see him going towards the ball because I think his influence going forward is absolutely brilliant and we saw that against City with both the goals he scored.
â€œI think he gets frustrated at times because the build-up play from United is methodical, but only because teams are sitting back. Your top players then want to get involved so they go and drop deeper to make things happen.
â€œBut Pogba is player you want in the final third, higher up the pitch, creating goals and scoring goals.
â€œHe is an incredible talent and when you sign a player of that calibre and for that money, you have to play him in his best position. You canâ€™t play him sitting in front of the defence.
â€œBut Pogba needs to be more consistent. You know heâ€™s got the ability, he is a world-class midfielder, but he just needs to get that consistency in his game.
â€œCould he be replaced if he leaves Manchester United? I hope Pogba doesnâ€™t leave, I think heâ€™s a fantastic player, but could he be replaced? Arguably, yes.â€