Keane Not Happy With Pogba and Pogba
Old Trafford saw Pogba against Pogba last night as Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba faced up to his brother Florentin Pogba of St Etienne. United took on the French side in a Europa League clash.
It’s the first time that Paul, 23, has faced his 26-year-old brother Florentin in a professional game. Before the game the two Pogbas engaged in some banter and a family handshake. They spoke behind their hands to each other as they left the pitch.
But former Manchester United legend Roy Keane – working as a TV pundit for the game – wasn’t impressed with the behaviour of the Pogba brothers. Speaking after the match, he said:
“The boy Pogba, he seems a bit of a free spirit – a bit of a character – but I think it was a little bit over the top tonight both before the game and at half time.
“It’s like they’ve spoken more to each other tonight than I’ve spoken to any of my brothers in the last five years. They’ll probably be chatting to each other as we speak after the game.”
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Keane put it down to today’s player being of a different mindset to in his day.
“All this stuff before and after the game, a lot of nonsense, that’s the modern player I am afraid,” he added.
Manchester United won 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Swede scored on 15 minutes before sealing the victory with goals on 75 minutes and an 88th-minute penalty.
But United boss Jose Mourinho said he was worried that the players weren’t taking the game seriously in the first half. He was glad when half-time came and he had to impress on the side the need for a more focused approach to the second half.
“When the focus is there we answer. Tonight, the first half was too relaxed. St-Étienne had the right intensity and created problems. If the first half had ended 1-1 the game may have been different,” he said after the match.
“If we progress and we beat St-Étienne and go into the last 16 then people will have the right attitude. So let’s do next Wednesday [the second leg in France], the right result and go for the next draw.”
United will be aware that the Europa League winners are guaranteed an automatic spot in next season’s Champions League. The side are currently in sixth place in the Premier League.