Euro 2020: Man United Legends Fault Pogba For France Exit
Paul Pogba came was heavily criticised by Manchester United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane after France were knocked out of Euro 2020 by Switzerland.
Les Bleus were the favourites to go all the way this summer but ended up being beaten on penalties by the Swiss on Monday in the last-16.
Didier Deschamps men were trailing 1-0 at half-time, but fought back to lead 3-1 with just 10 minutes left to play, before Switzerland fought back to take the game to penalties, which they went on to win.
Karim Benzema scored twice for the French to start their comeback, but Pogba’s screamer and his magnificent passing stole the show among the France ranks.
However, both Neville and Pogba admitted that they were “frustrated” by his display because he can be guilty of being too adventurous in the wrong positions sometimes.
Neville told ITV:
“We saw the best and the worst of him in the second half.
“This is the best of him, absolutely world class strike. Brilliant.
“At this point in the game, he’d played a great pass through just before that, he was starting to get into the game, combining, he was running the game.
“When your team is on top, he’s absolutely outstanding.”
Neville also added:
“He takes risks on the ball, but you want those risks to be in the final third, not in the defensive third, and they get counter-attacked on.”
Meanwhile, Keane added:
“He can be frustrating. This is all a part of Paul’s character, which people love to see, but then I’d be looking at the goal they conceded in injury time, where he was sloppy in midfield. That’s the bit I’d be really critical about.
“It seems harsh because he’s done some brilliant stuff going forward tonight. There’s no doubting Paul’s quality, just the other side, maybe his maturity.
“We’ve mentioned all night, and United have had the same problem, can he play in a two in midfield? He probably can’t, doesn’t have the discipline.
“He was at his best in Juventus when he probably got a bit more freedom and was surrounded by more men, more characters, probably better quality players.
“But even today, he still leaves you frustrated. For all his brilliant quality coming forward, I still think he lacks that discipline defensively [to take hi to the next level].
“That’s the key, the top players manage to do it week in week out and Paul, to me, still doesn’t quite do it.”