Roy Keane has criticised the lack of maturity in Paul Pogba’s game despite him being one of the best players at the European Championships this summer.
The Manchester United star is in the spotlight whether he has a good game or a bad game, and last night he performed well in a classic 3-3 draw with Switzerland. It went to penalties and France crashed out – but through no fault of Pogba.
United fans watching on probably thought Pogba did the best he could in a difficult game, with Switzerland refusing to back down against the world champions.
Roy Keane, however, focused on Pogba’s defensive work late on. Nothing more than nit-picking.
“No doubt it would be frustrating [to play with Pogba], but this is all part of Paul’s character that people love to see and it’s great,” Keane told ITV, as per the Metro.
“But then I’d be looking at the goal they conceded in injury time when he was sloppy in midfield, that’s the bit I’d be really critical.
“It seems harsh because he’s done some brilliant stuff going forward today, there’s no doubt in Paul’s quality, it’s just the other side, maybe his maturity.
“United have had these problems. Can he play in a two midfield? He probably can’t, he hasn’t got the discipline.
“Even today he leaves you frustrated, even with his brilliant quality going forward he lacks that discipline defensively.
“The top players do it week in and week out and Paul doesn’t quite do it.”
Throughout the tournament I felt Pogba has played with maturity. I recall Paul Scholes asking whether he had the level of maturity and discipline to play as a deep-lying midfielder.
It just didn’t go to plan last night.