'He was dancing around hogging the trophy afterwards as if he made the difference' - Eamon Dunphy slams Paul Pogba
Football pundit Eamon Dunphy has criticised midfielder Paul Pogba and praised Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after the Red Devils' 3-2 win over Southampton in yesterday's League Cup final at Wembley.
Ibrahimovic scored twice for United, breaking the deadlock in the 19th minute before scoring the match winner with a close range header in the 87th minute, but his teammate Pogba caught the ire of Dunphy in his column in The Irish Daily Star despite completing a respectable 83% of his passes.
"Paul Pogba had another nightmare," wrote Dunphy.
"Someone needs to tell him that, because he was dancing around hogging the trophy afterwards as if he made the difference.
"He had a terrible game and United burned €100 million when they signed him. Behind Ibrahimovic they are a pretty ordinary team with some pretty ordinary players."
Sunday's brace marked Ibrahimovic's seventh goal from his last six games as the Swede's late winner helped manager Jose Mourinho land his first piece of silverware since arriving at Old Trafford in May.
Ibrahimovic has made a tremendous impact at United since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, and Dunphy likened his influence at the club to former Manchester United captain Eric Cantona.
"He didn't do much else yesterday, but his goals and his contributions and his contribution to the confidence of his teammates was huge," Dunphy added.
"Not overawed by the challenge of coming into a United side struggling to return to the top, instead he embraced the task.
"Just like Cantona did when he joined the club in 1992. A tally of 26 goals is a phenomenal contribution at this stage of the season, particularly for a man who turns 36 in October."
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