Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane believes a lot of Paul Pogba’s much publicised troubles at Old Trafford have been down to a lack of guidance from other senior professionals.
Keane was an inspirational leader during his time with the Red Devils, although he does spend much of his time these days slamming the younger generation of players. Therefore, it is a little surprising to hear that he actually rates Pogba extremely highly as both a midfielder and an individual.
United broke the world transfer record when they forked out £89 million to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford from Juventus in the summer of 2016, and although their have been flashes of brilliance at times from the talented 25-year-old, he has come in for heavy criticism for his lack of consistency.
Pogba’s flashy hairstyles and overuse of social media have also alarmed former pro’s, who believe he would be better off concentrating on improving his performances on the pitch.
During his time at Juventus he thrived when surrounded by experienced heads like Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Pirlo and Giorgio Chiellini. However, with United currently being a young squad in something of a transitional phase, Keane reckons not being surrounded by these type of players is what is holding Pogba back rom showing his best form.
“I like him, I think he’s a good player, a good kid,” Keane said.
“He probably needs better help around him, good influences around the training ground.
“I was the luckiest man on the planet when I was a player, I always had good lads around me, senior players who led by example. Pogba probably doesn’t have that at United.
“He’s a good player. Would he feel he could have had a better season? Probably. Usually the good players are quite critical of themselves. When you play for Man United and you don’t win a trophy you probably would be critical of yourself.”