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Roy Keane Slams ‘School Boy’ Pogba After Manchester United’s Champions League Exit

May 9, 2018

Manchester United legend Roy Keane has dubbed Paul Pogba as a ‘school boy’ after he failed to make an impact during the Red Devils’ Champions League exit at the hands of Sevilla. The tie was neatly poised after a 0-0 stalemate at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, but the return-leg saw Sevilla come up triumphs by a 2-1 scoreline.

Pogba started the game off the bench with Marouane Fellaini featuring alongside Nemanja Matic at the heart of the midfield. However, at the hour mark, Jose Mourinho substituted the Belgian to bring Pogba onto the field, but the 24-year-old struggled to make any sort of impact as his passing was wayward from the off.

A number of former United players have slammed Pogba for his performances this term, and Keane showed no exception to the list, as he dubbed the Frenchman as a ‘school boy’ for his inability to cover ground for his teammates at the back, he said: “He’s not the only problem. But he is a big problem and if he can’t get in the starting XI you’re in trouble.

“He’s come on and you expect good players to affect the game. He came on and did nothing. His reaction to the goal is like a schoolboy. He doesn’t smell danger.The reason you’re part of a team is that if one of your mates makes a mistake you cover for them, you make up for it.Nobody is helping each other. They are almost playing like individuals and not playing as a team.”

After such a performance, Pogba is likely to be under pressure in the United shirt, and it won’t be a surprise if he starts from the bench once more during the FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend. The tie has been scheduled for Old Trafford, and the players need to show up after a lacklustre showing in midweek.