Wednesday 26 June 2019

Roy Keane gives his verdict on Paul Pogba and it is as brutal as you might expect

Paul Pogba and (inset) Roy Keane
Paul Pogba and (inset) Roy Keane
Paul Pogba's best position has been up for debate
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane has given his verdict on the ongoing debate surrounding Paul Pogba's best role at Manchester United and suggested the French midfielder can have no excuses for his poor performances in recent weeks.

Pogba was dropped by manager Jose Mourinho for the Premier League game against Huddersfield earlier this month and taken off in the defeats against Tottenham and Newcastle amid plenty of criticism for his performances.

Pogba has often been accused of allowing his celebrity to get in the way of his sporting ambition and Keane may have been endorsing that criticism as he offered up this verdict on whether Pogba is best suited to playing in a three-man midfield.

"Any top player if they are going to play in midfield should be able to play in a two or a three," former United captain Keane told ITV Sport. "The guy just needs to do better himself and focus on what the game of football is all about."

While Keane was critical of United's defensive line that has been creaking in recent weeks, he also expressed his conviction that they would beat Sevilla in the Champions League next week.

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"United will go through. I don't care about the last couple of league games," he stated. "United will turn up for these big Champions League games.

"Clearly that have some problems. They have no sorted out the defensive problems they have. The two centre-halves can get better. I always think that with Ashley Young in your back four, you are going to struggle."

Keane was also scathing as he passed judgement of Chelsea after their troubled season, as he suggested the star names that led the club to Premier League title glory have let down manager Antonio Conte with their indifferent displays this season.

"It's so unprofessional of these Chelsea lads downing tools under different managers. Shocking behavior," he added.

"I think they will struggle against Barcelona next week. That's stating the obvious."

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