Pogba gave away a penalty for a foul on Hector Bellerin which allowed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score Arsenal’s winner against United on Sunday.
The World Cup winner struggled to make an impact as part of United’s midfield diamond against the Gunners.
Meulensteen, who spent six years as a first-team coach under Sir Alex Ferguson at United, has urged Solskjaer to play Pogba in a more advanced role and believes the midfielder has been guilty of being caught on the ball in dangerous areas because he has been played so deep.
‘He’s a very talented player, everybody keeps talking about him, ‘he’s world class’, I would never use world class so easy because I know players past and present who deserve being called world class,’ Meulensteen told Stadium Astro.
‘And in my opinion Paul doesn’t deserve that in any shape or form at the moment in time because he doesn’t live up to expectations.
‘I think we need to expect even more from him but that only comes from working hard from the start.
‘And that rubs off on other players, working hard and not working hard, because they start to question those performances.
‘If you go back to his time at Juventus, he played in a very experienced, well set up team around him with a lot of strong personalities and leaders.
‘That’s one thing United is lacking – leadership. He should be one of them but he isn’t, he’s not a natural leader.
‘The only one I can see who has got some kind of leadership is Fernandes. Because of his drive, he’s looking forward, his urgency in his play.
‘As soon as he went off United started looked [for a leader].
‘You want to get him [Pogba] on the ball in areas where he can do most of the damage, which is in between the lines, going forward and then you need runners off him so he can feed them or he can join in and have a shot outside the box.
‘At the moment he’s too often in areas where he gets crowded out.
‘And also one part of the game I think he’s been particularly poor this year, he gets the ball nicked off him so often where the opposition can really benefit from it.
‘It’s a constant puzzle. You say, ‘how long do you take?’. We are in a results business, you need to win games. I still don’t think Ole knows what his best XI is.’