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Euro 2020: Paul Pogba ISN’T the same player for Man United as he is for France, claims Roy Keane

Paul Pogba ISN’T the same player for Manchester United as he is for France, claims Roy Keane, who insists he ‘still wants more from him’ at club level before his stellar display in win over Germany at the Euros

Roy Keane has questioned why Paul Pogba fails to produce the same high-quality performances for Manchester United in the same way he does for France.

Keane has been an outspoken critic of Pogba in the past, with the Frenchman often struggling to deliver consistently when representing the Red Devils.

While the 28-year-old has been the target of criticism in recent years, Pogba rarely falters at international level and helped guide his country to World Cup glory in Russia three years ago.  

Keane believes the French midfielder struggles to replicate his fine international performances for United

Roy Keane insists Paul Pogba isn’t the same player for Manchester United that he is for France

Keane (pictured) insists he 'wants to see more' from Pogba when playing for United

Keane (pictured) insists he ‘wants to see more’ from Pogba when playing for United

On Tuesday, Pogba put in a man-of-the-match display to help France win their opening game of Euro 2020 as Didier Deschamps’ men beat Germany 1-0 at the Allianz Arena.

His stellar display in Munich rightfully earned him plaudits but Keane wondered aloud before the game why he wasn’t able to replicate strong performances with France for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. 

‘Listen we keep talking about Paul Pogba,’ Keane said on ITV. ‘There’s no doubt he’s a talented boy. I still want more from him, particularly when he’s playing for Manchester United.

Pogba played a crucial role as France won their opening game of Euro 2020 against Germany

Pogba played a crucial role as France won their opening game of Euro 2020 against Germany

The 28-year-old put in a man-of-the-match display against Joachim Low's side on Tuesday

The 28-year-old put in a man-of-the-match display against Joachim Low’s side on Tuesday

‘No doubt he’s surrounded by probably better players and he’s more comfortable in that environment with the French team. He plays on the left side and slots in.

‘I think when he’s with United, he maybe doesn’t take responsibility, maybe there’s too much responsibility or maybe there’s not enough players around him who can take responsibility,’ added the Irishman.

‘I know with France he is sharing this kind of responsibility with other players around. Maybe in Manchester (he is) isolated too much and maybe this is why he is feeling more pressure.

‘Obviously there is a difference between the Pogba we know with France and the one we know at United.’

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira agreed with Keane that Pogba is a different player for France

Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira agreed with Keane that Pogba is a different player for France

Tuesday 15 June

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Former France midfielder Patrick Vieira agreed with his former arch-nemesis, claiming Pogba was much better at international level.

Vieira added: ‘There’s a question about the performance he has with Manchester United – the ones he has for the French national team are much much better.

‘I think maybe the system; maybe he feels more comfortable in the French system than in Manchester. Obviously he’s a leader and an important player. When he’s in Manchester he has to take responsibility as well.’

Tuesday’s win at the Allianz Arena was the perfect start for the World Cup champions after Mats Hummels’ own goal sealed a tight 1-0 win. 

France looked comfortable for the majority of the game, which saw Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema both have goals ruled out for offside in the second half before they were able to hang on to all three points.

Mats Hummels bundled the ball into his net in the first half from Lucas Hernandez' cross

Mats Hummels bundled the ball into his net in the first half from Lucas Hernandez’ cross

Speaking after the win, Pogba was delighted by how his team performed despite him receiving much of the praise for his solo performance.

‘The team performance is the most important thing,’ said the Manchester United midfielder. ‘Without them, I wouldn’t have played as well. We all put the effort in.

‘We’re focused on our jobs on the pitch. We know we need to live up to our tag as world champions and come out on to the pitch with humility. When we need to suffer, we do it together and when we attack, we do it together.’ 



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