‘Pogba Not Even as Good as Mikel’ – Former United Star, Paul Parker Blasts


Paul Pogba can’t even compare to John Obi Mikel in some areas of his play, let alone Manchester United legends like Bryan Robson and Roy Keane.

That’s the view of former Old Trafford favourite Paul Parker.

Pogba is expected to make his first appearance for Manchester United since returning to the club in a £100million deal when they take on Southampton this Friday.

While excitement builds among Manchester United fans at seeing the Frenchman back in a Manchester United shirt, Parker isn’t sure he’s up to the task.

‘Can he be as good as Roy Keane or Bryan Robson? I wonder about him playing that midfield role. I worry about him making tackles and getting across to close players down because he is rangy. He doesn’t have quick feet and his game is about going to ground. That’s going to be a problem,’ said Parker, speaking exclusively to 888Sport.

Paul Parker of Manchester United holding the Premier League Championship trophy after their final home game of the season, against Coventry City, at Old Trafford in Manchester, 8th May 1994. (Photo by Professional Sport/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

He continued: ‘In a holding position it would be a waste because he’s not a Makelele or even a John Obi Mikel because one thing Mikel can do is close people down.

‘Pogba can get forward, and score goals, and pass the ball but in a high-tempo game he won’t be very good in a deep role. We saw that in the Euros where he looked lost for long periods of games when France didn’t have the ball.

‘So when United don’t have the ball what’s he going to be like? Fellaini can’t do that either. Or Rooney. They can’t get around. Behind Ibrahimovic and Martial there will be changes because there is no way that midfield can last.’

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