Keane, Vieira in disagreement over Pogba’s leadership qualities

Date published: Tuesday 15th June 2021 9:20 - Lewis Oldham

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Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira have butted heads while discussing Paul Pogba’s leadership qualities for Manchester United and France.

Pogba has regularly been criticised since he rejoined the Red Devils in 2016 from Juventus. He made the move for a then world-record fee of around £89m.

Keane has been one of the Frenchman’s biggest critics since he returned to the Premier League.


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Pogba’s form for United has been inconsistent, but he has regularly shone for France. He helped his country win the World Cup in 2018.

Speaking ahead of France’s opening game of Euro 2020 against Germany (as cited by The Daily Star), Keane said:

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

“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. A talented player. But for me, I want more, particularly for Manchester United. But he’ll still have an impact in this competition.”

Vieira then suggested that Pogba feels more “comfortable” playing for France than he does with Man United:

“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.”

Keane then said: “He doesn’t show that Patrick at United. At club level he doesn’t show leadership skills,

“There’s no doubt he’s more comfortable in that environment. But he’s been at United previously. He was there previously. That is the frustration.”

Vieira continued to defend Pogba, as he claimed that the midfielder may feel “isolated” in Manchester:

“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.

“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.

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