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Keane Backs Pogba, Slams His Critics

Although he has previously come down hard on Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba, club legend Roy Keane has has now stated that he loves the Frenchman's personality, explaining that he enjoyed playing with players like that.

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The 27-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a positive return to action, playing a starring role in all three of the Red Devils' three games since football in England resumed.

While he has criticised Pogba in the past, Keane appears to have warmed up to the former Juventus man's larger-than-life character, insisting that all the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner needs to add to his game is consistency.

"Obviously, Pogba has had his critics because he is so talented. If you are not performing week in, week out, people are going to get on your back. I always say there is a compliment in that," he told the Sunday Independent.

"People know he's an outstanding talent, but for some reason, it hasn't gelled. He obviously had the injury problem this season.

"Just because a player is having a difficult time doesn't mean they aren't giving their all. Sometimes a player might be carrying a few knocks. Players lose a little bit of confidence.

"Everyone is quick to criticise Pogba for his off-the-field stuff, but let me tell you: if Pogba was winning week in and week out for United, people would tolerate his off-the-field activity, his social media activity.

"I was in the dressing room with players like Pogba. There were players at Man United who were interested in their hair. We had David Beckham and Lee Sharpe, but I loved these lads.

"I've nothing against people, what do you think I am? I like people who are a bit edgy. If we were all the same, it would be boring.

"This idea of lads coming in with different cars and watches, I loved all that. That would add to the energy of the dressing room because you have a mixture of characters.

"(Eric) Cantona and the French boys. I always enjoyed the Dutch lads, the Scandinavian lads. You needed that mix. Look at Liverpool, different dynamics. Manchester City.

"The key for Pogba, if he wants to become a really important player for Man United, is consistency. It's no good turning up every two or three weeks and producing your piece of magic.

"I think he is more than capable of doing it, he has done it before. But do it week in and week out and get Man United competing for titles. I have a lot of time for him. I think he's a talented boy."

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Pogba has played 11 matches across all competitions for United so far this season so far, assisting three strikes along the way.

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