Former Manchester United and Arsenal captains Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira expressed their frustrations at Paul Pogba’s up and down performance for France in their last 16 encounter with Switzerland.
Pogba was unable to guide his nation through to the Euro 2020 quarter-finals as Les Bleus suffered a shock defeat on penalties, following a thrilling 3-3 draw over 120 minutes
The United midfielder scored a magnificent goal to put France firmly in control in the second half, his 30-yard scorcher giving Didier Deschamps’ side a 3-1 lead.
But the Swiss fought back gallantly, taking the game to extra-time and then penalties, when PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe saw his spot-kick saved.
After the game, Keane was critical of Pogba, admitting he would find it frustrating to play in a team with the mercurial Frenchman, picking out a defensive error.
“No doubt it would be frustrating,” the ex United star said on ITV. “But this is all part of Paul’s character that people love to see and it’s great.
“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.”
The Irishman’s former adversary Vieira agreed with his fellow pundit, claiming Pogba can do even more — and suggesting playing next to someone like Keane would improve the United player.
“I completely agree,” he added. “When you look at his potential, what he can do in midfield, you expect more from him.
“If he played next to Roy he would maybe be a different player because he needs someone on his back putting him under pressure and being demanding of him.
“It is frustrating because he can give much more than what he is giving to the team.”