Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira join forces to voice Paul Pogba’s frustrations despite a great performance as Manchester United legend insists he could have played for Switzerland as France stunned at Euro 2020

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Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira join forces to voice Paul Pogba’s frustrations despite a great performance as Manchester United legend insists he could have played for Switzerland as France stunned at Euro 2020


Roy Keane once again highlighted his frustrations over Paul Pogba on Tuesday night, despite the Manchester United midfielder putting on an impressive display against Switzerland as France stunned at Euro 2020.

Pogba’s sublime strike – which followed Karim Benzema’s quick brace – seemed enough to secure the reigning world champions a place in the quarterfinals of the competition.

Keane was frustrated with Pogba’s defensive side of play
The Manchester United legend had previously delivered a classic halftime rant

But an incredible Swiss comeback saw them come back from 3-1 to force overtime with two goals in the final 10 minutes thanks to Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic.

A mistake by Pogba, on an otherwise clear night from the enigmatic playmaker, led to Gavranovic’s dramatic strike in added time.

And Keane expressed his disappointment to Pogba after the dramatic last 16 clash, which the Swiss won 5-4 on penalties.

“I would watch the goal they conceded in added time, where he was really negligent in midfield. This is the part that I would be critical of, ”Keane told ITV.

“It sounds tough because he did brilliant stuff tonight. There’s no question about how good Paul is, but that’s just the other thing, his maturity.

“We mentioned all of this. United also had all the problems, can he play in a midfield two he probably can’t because he doesn’t have the discipline.

“He was at his best at Juventus where he had a little more freedom and was probably surrounded by more men and characters, they had better quality players.

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Pogba scored a stunning goal against the Swiss – but was criticized nonetheless

“Even tonight he leaves you frustrated. Despite all the brilliant qualities going forward, I still think he lacks discipline defensively.

“This is the key (to take it to the next level). The best players do it week after week. Paul doesn’t do that.

And Keane’s old nemesis, Patrick Vieira, completely agreed with his colleague’s feelings towards his compatriot.

“I totally agree,” Vieira said in response to Keane’s comments.

“When you look at his potential, what he can do in midfield, you expect more from him.

“If he played next to Roy he might be a different player because he needs someone on his back who puts pressure on him and demands it.

“It’s frustrating because he can give a lot more than he gives to the team. “

Speaking at halftime, Keane also claimed France played so poorly that he could have stepped into the Swiss midfielder – at 49.

Yann Sommer was Switzerland's hero as he saved Kylian Mbappe's decisive penalty

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Yann Sommer was Switzerland’s hero as he saved Kylian Mbappe’s decisive penalty

Didier Deschamps’ superstars were far below their best – and luckily for us United legend Keane was on hand to put them to the test.

“The only thing you need in football is enthusiasm,” Keane explained.

“They don’t seem to have an appetite for the game. They don’t play as a team.

“For all the quality they have, the two guys in the midfield are everywhere, the forwards just cling to their quality, that will be enough. It is not sufficient at this level.

“I could play for Switzerland tonight. If you gave me time on the ball, I would keep playing.

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