Wayne Rooney has heaped praise on Paul Pogba for his impressive performances at Euro 2020, and suggested that Manchester United should utilise him in a similar way at club level.
The 28-year-old was one of the standout performers throughout the competition before France’s shock loss to Switzerland in the last 16.
Pogba was also one of the top performers at the last World Cup, playing an integral role in France being crowned champions. However, his form for the national side has only led to further debate over whether or not United are equipped to get the best from the midfielder.
Rooney is the latest high-profile name to offer his take on the situation, insisting in his in his Sunday Times column that Pogba was one of the highlights of this summer’s tournament.
“Like a lot of people, I fancied the French to be champions and as a team they were a massive disappointment,” Rooney said.
“That was a particular shame for Paul Pogba. He had been the player of the tournament until they went out.”
The Derby manager went on to say that Pogba’s deeper position, often described as a quarter-back role by Ally McCoist, combined with a strong defensive partner, was again key to unlocking his clear ability.
“Some of the passes Paul played for Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe were incredible. It helped him to have N’Golo Kante as his midfield partner but I think the biggest reason that Paul’s performances were so good was his positioning.
“In all France’s games, he was playing deeper than we normally see him for Manchester United and this meant that he was able to pick the ball up in areas of the pitch where he had the time and room to pick a pass.”
As is often the case, question marks remain over Pogba’s long-term United future, with PSG said to be interested in securing his services.
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