Roy Keane says Paul Pogba “needs better help around him” if Manchester United are to get the best out of their record signing.
Frenchman Pogba, an £89million buy from Juventus two years ago, flattered to deceive all too often last season and too often failed to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
The 25-year-old was dropped several times by Jose Mourinho amid suggestions that their relationship is on the rocks.
But there is little doubt that there is quality in the player and several people feel he can turn it around, including Keane.
The former United midfield enforcer recalled that he learned from the better players around him at Old Trafford – and that Pogba needs the chance to do the same.
The Daily Mail quote Keane as saying: “I like him, I think he’s a good player, a good kid.
“He probably needs better help around him, good influences around the training ground.
“I was the luckiest man on the planet when I was a player, I always had good lads around me, senior players who led by example.
“Pogba probably doesn’t have that at United.
“He’s a good player. Would he feel he could have had a better season? Probably.
“Usually, the good players are quite critical of themselves. When you play for Man United and you don’t win a trophy you probably would be critical of yourself.”
Reports in Italy suggest Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could be look for a reunion with Pogba this summer.
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Pogba won four consecutive Italian titles and the Coppa Italia twice before returning to Old Trafford.
Mourinho has said he feels Pogba will be at United next season.
But Pogba said earlier this week: “We are never sure of anything but contractually it’s sure, yes.”
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