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Roy Keane takes swipe at Paul Pogba and rates Manchester United’s title chances next season

Paul Pogba is not a ‘big leader’, according to Manchester United legend Roy Keane (Picture: Getty)

Roy Keane has said Paul Pogba lacks the leadership skills and ‘character’ to drive Manchester United to a Premier League title and believes the club need two ‘world-class’ summer additions to give themselves a serious chance next season.

Pogba, 28, continued his excellent run with a stellar performance in United’s 6-2 Europa League semi-final first leg victory over Roma in midweek and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly hopeful he will put pen to paper on a new long-term contract.

The Frenchman’s future has long been the subject of intense speculation with his loud-mouthed agent, Mino Raiola, repeatedly fuelling rumours of a big-money move, but it appears a corner has been turned in the second half of the campaign.

However, legendary ex-United captain, Keane, is still yet to be fully convinced by Pogba when comparing the midfielder’s credentials – both on and off the pitch -against the very best in his position.

Roy Keane looks on during Manchester United's clash with Tottenham

Keane thinks his former club need to bring in two ‘world-class’ players this summer (Picture: Getty)

‘He’s done better the last few games and obviously he did well during the week against Roma – although I thought the standard of that game was really poor,’ Keane told Sky Sports ahead of United’s clash with fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

‘Again, I look back and think Man United should be competing in the Champions League but I still don’t think Pogba will drive Man United back to winning championships. I don’t think he’s a big leader, I don’t think he’s that type of character.

‘I still think Man United need to go out and get two world-class players and of course it’s easier said than done.’

Pogba has notched up three goals and three assists in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)

Manchester City have a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table and will be crowned champions if Liverpool get the better of United at Old Trafford.

Keane feels summer recruitment will be ‘vital’ if Jurgen Klopp and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are to have any chance of closing the gap before next term.

‘We go back to recruitment in the summer – who can bring in top-quality players? I still think United are short two or three players,’ the former Republic of Ireland international added.

‘Liverpool no doubt will have to regroup. I think the big problem for Liverpool, as much as they still have the quality, I think they’ve just not been a good team this year. I don’t think they’ve had any good leadership skills from some of the senior players, obviously the attacking players have just not done the business.

‘But they still have enough quality to bounce back next year. Recruitment will be vital for both clubs this summer as to who will challenge Man City.’

Klopp was impressed with Pogba’s performance against Roma (Picture: Getty)

At his pre-match press conference, Klopp said he was ‘sure’ United will not have given up hope in their pursuit of the title and praised Pogba’s showing versus Roma.

‘We could see Manchester United playing and they’re good,’ the Liverpool head coach told reporters.

‘After the half-time talk they were really flying. It’s a tough one.

‘I’m sure United still believe in their chance [to catch Man City] and it’ll be a game with two teams trying to win.

‘This is a good start for a football game, I would say. Both teams have to win it so a good recipe for a game as well. So let’s see what we can make of that.

But I don’t think anyway United wanted to change a lot. I think 75 per cent of the team is the same team playing most of the games. Last line, midfield pretty much, Fred, [Scott] McTominay, maybe [Nemanja] Matic comes in.

‘Then the four up front. [Bruno] Fernandes is playing pretty much all games and the other three he can change from time to time.

‘Is it [Marcus] Rashford up front or [Mason] Greenwood up front. Is it James on the wing or Greenwood on the wing?

‘Is Rashford on the wing or is it Pogba? Obviously Pogba played again a really good game last night.

‘Who we will face is pretty clear. They cannot make massive changes and probably will not make if they had no injuries last night. I think that’s clear.’


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