‘Good guy’ Pogba urged to put up and shut up

Date published: Thursday 7th June 2018 3:26

World Cup winner Frank Leboeuf has told France midfielder Paul Pogba to keep quiet and focus on fulfilling his potential.

Manchester United’s record signing was left out of Jose Mourinho’s starting XI at times during the club season and with the World Cup imminent, there are doubts over his place in Les Bleus XI.

Former Chelsea and France defender Leboeuf feels Pogba has the talent but the ex-centre-half feels the 25-year-old still has plenty left to prove if he is to live up to his own hype.

“He’s under lots of pressure and he’s been heavily criticised,” Leboeuf told ESPN,

“I don’t think he’s going to start against the United States on Saturday and I’m not sure he’s going to start in the World Cup.

“Corentin Tolisso is above him on the left side. I think Blaise Matuidi is above him. I mean he has the talent, but we don’t see it for the national team for the past two or three years.

“Pogba talks about winning the Ballon d’Or and put himself in the situation where right now he cannot [back up] what he says.

“I think he’s a good guy and I think he has the talent, but he puts too much pressure on himself saying he wants to be the Ballon d’Or, that he was the key of the national team, that he wants to be the No. 1. Just don’t say anything, just work hard.”

 

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