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'Pogba Is A Bit Like Cantona'

A former Manchester United player has reserved special praise for in-form Paul Pogba, whom he has likened to Red Devils cult hero Eric Cantona.

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A lot has been made of Pogba's penalty run-up, during which he takes a number of short steps in a slow build-up before striking the ball.

Denis Irwin, who spent 12 years at United, has now stated that it is certainly not a penalty technique he would have used, but also insisted that it is Pogba's Cantona-like confidence that helps him execute this kind of method from 12 yards.

"I wouldn't want to be doing that!" he told Manchester Evening News.

"He's a confident man, he's missed one like that. You put yourself up, I suppose, for a bit of stick if you do miss them but he's got his confidence about him and the goal he scored here against Brighton was great, the penalty was great.

"I personally wouldn't be doing that, I'd be putting my head down and putting my foot through it. But everyone has got their own techniques.

"Alan Shearer had his technique and he was a great penalty-taker.

"Eric (Cantona) here had great belief in his ability to wait until the last minute. Paul is a bit like Eric, actually.

"I think Eric sent the keeper the wrong way in 16 of his 17 penalties because he had that much belief and confidence that he could make a split-second decision right at the end, and I think Paul is a bit like that.

"They're French, it must be that!"

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Pogba has scored 14 goals and assisted a further 10 strikes in 33 games for Untied so far this season.

Do you think Pogba has similar characteristics to Cantona? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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