May 15, 2021

Man Utd


Roy Keane disagrees with Paul Pogba’s view on his Manchester United influence

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Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has disagreed with Paul Pogba’s assessment of his influence at the club this season.

Pogba spoke to Sky Sports in an in-depth interview ahead of the Premier League clash with Burnley, where he gave an insight into his role at the club, his previous relationship with Jose Mourinho and United’s push for glory this season.

As part of that, he expressed his belief that he has improved at United this season to be an influential player at the club but Keane has disagreed, stating he has not stepped up as expected in the big matches.

“I didn’t learn anything new from it, with what he was saying, we’ve all discussed it many times over the last few years – Paul Pogba is a talented player, there’s no getting away from that, but I still feel he hasn’t done enough for United,” he told Sky Sports.

“He mentioned that he fell out with Jose Mourinho, that was a big problem at the club, but even there when he said about the last few months that he’s been a big influence, I wouldn’t agree with that. I think he’s played okay and he’s a good player but in the big games this year, he’s not turned up.

“It’s not just his fault. They lost at Leicester, which was a big cup game for them, against Manchester City at home, he didn’t perform that night.

“I think when Manchester United signed Pogba it wasn’t to be playing in the Europa League or winning the League Cup, so I think Pogba needs a bit of a reminder why he’s playing for United. They paid a big transfer fee and big wages for the likes of him, for United to be competing for Premier League titles and the Champions League.

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“Even this year in the Champions League, they got themselves into a great position and they blew it and Pogba is part of that problem because they haven’t got over the line. We say he’s a big character and a big player, okay he’s done brilliantly with France, but he’s not done in on a consistent basis for United.”

Manchester United can move within eight points of Premier League leaders Manchester City with victory against Burnley this afternoon, heading into the final six matches of the season.

United also sealed their spot in the semi-finals of the Europa League, dispatching Granada to set up a double header against Roma.

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