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Former France Star: Why 'Gifted' Pogba Gets Criticised

Former France Star: Why 'Gifted' Paul Pogba Gets Criticised

By Keegan Kruger - Jun 15, 2018 11:16 AM @KeeganKruger

A former France international, who has described Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba as a "gifted" player, has explained why he thinks the midfielder is so often the subject of criticism.

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The 25-year-old, who cost the Red Devils £90 million (R1.59 billion) in 2016, had a mixed 2017/18 season in terms of his performances for club and country, but looks set to start in France's opening game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup against Australia.

Former Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna defended Pogba from his critics and says the United star has what it takes to light up the tournament in Russia.

"He is quite a confident man. However, of course, it is annoying when you hear stuff about you from critics," Sagna told the London Evening Standard.

"Why is he criticised? Because of his ability. He is gifted; he was born like this and worked really hard. He can do skills that another midfield player cannot.

"That is why people see him as a 10 or an eight, but he is playing six, and when you play there, you cannot afford to try some tricks in that area of the pitch.

"He has an ability which is above normal, and he can do a lot more offensively, but we have other players, and it is his job to protect the defence and work with the team."

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Pogba has made 54 appearances for his national side, scoring nine goals and assisting a further seven strikes.

Do you think the Frenchman will be one of the stars of the 2018 showpiece? Have your say in the comments section below. 


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