Andy Cole: Paul Pogba has not reached the level of Roy Keane or Paul Scholes

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Paul Pogba is yet to reach the levels of Roy Keane and Paul Scholes.

The Frenchman has impressed since he completed a world record £89m move back to Old Trafford last month, acting at the midfield catalyst in wins over Southampton and Hull City.

Pogba has attracted praise from the likes of Slaven Bilic, Gianluigi Buffon and Jurgen Klopp (who likened the Frenchman to Diego Maradona) since arriving in England.

However, Cole has taken a more reserved approach with regard to Pogba, claiming he has a long way to go until he emulates the likes of Keane and Scholes.

“Roy and Scholesy, well I’m very biased because I played with the pair of them. Pogba has the ability to become a fantastic player,” he said.

“But will he surpass them two? I’ll tell you what, if he does then he’ll turn out to be some player. Those two were absolutely phenomenal.

“I’m very biased. The ’99 team was a very good team and what we achieved means a lot of people love that team and want to see Manchester United play like that team.”

When you consider the fact that Pogba is only 23, with just two starts for Man United under his belt, it becomes quite hard to even entertain the idea of likening him to Keane and Scholes, who share a combined total of 1198 United appearances.

To replicate what Scholes and Keane brought to United’s midfield is next to impossible. That frightening mixture of sheer brilliance and vigorous aggression, so strictly tied to that aura of superiority engendered by Sir Alex Ferguson, is something that could never be fully replicated.

There is, however, something Pogba unmistakably shares with Keane and Scholes – an unbreakable thirst for victory, that desire to batter the opposition into submission in a strictly United-esque way. Such an attitude is contagious, and could take this group of players a long way.

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