Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has always been a staunch critic of Paul Pogba, however, some of his words on the Frenchman came back to haunt him when France won the Nations League
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- 09:38, 12 Oct 2021
Making a bold statement, whether it’s as a pundit, journalist, manager, or even a player, always puts oneself at risk as your words often come back to bite you in football. Something Roy Keane knows all too well about.
The Sky Sports pundit has often been an outspoken critic of Paul Pogba, but he has been left with egg on his face after footage of the Frenchman speaking to his international team-mates emerged.
The former Manchester United captain’s tongue is as sharp as a razor blade, and he is not afraid to use it to speak his mind.
However, his quotes about United and French star Pogba not being “a big leader” five months ago, have arguably come back to haunt the Irishman.
Roy Keane was forced to eat his words by Paul Pogba in France's Nations League victory
After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost 3-2 away to Roma in the Europa League semi-final, Keane tore into Pogba, saying he did not have the necessary leadership skills to fire United to domestic and European glory.
"Again, I look back and think Man United should be competing in the Champions League, but I still don’t think Pogba will drive Man United back to winning championships,” Keane said in May.
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“I don’t think he’s a big leader, I don’t think he’s that type of character.
"He’s done better the last few games and obviously he did well during the week against Roma – although I thought the standard of that game was really poor.
“I still think Man United need to go out and get two world-class players and of course it’s easier said than done."
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Paul Pogba played a starring role in France's Nations League victory
However, Keane was left red-faced as a video on social media of Pogba leading a team talk at half-time of France’s Nations League final against Spain has emerged on social media.
The former Juventus midfielder took over a speech from Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps, and serenaded the squad with a strong speech, enough to make your heart turn blue with French pride.
Paul Pogba delivered a rousing speech in the dressing room, before France's second-half showing against Spain
“We have to be aggressive,” Pogba began.
“It starts from the front all the way to the back, we win the ball back and we attack! And yes we’re going to run a lot because they have quality players but so do we.
“We have to keep the ball & hurt them. 2nd half we have to be aggressive.”
France produced a stunning second-half to win their second international title in three seasons.
Both Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema scored to overcome the Spanish
It did not start well for the 2018 World Cup winners, as Mikel Oyarzabal’s crisp finish past Hugo Lloris put the Spanish ahead in the 64th minute.
But France came roaring back two minutes later, through a wonderful strike from Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, who held the ball up before curling a sumptuous strike into the top left-hand corner.
With the result on a knife-edge, France continued to obey Pogba’s rallying call of attacking aggressively, and it soon paid dividends again.
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe somehow beat the offside trap to latch onto Theo Hernandez’s pass and slot underneath Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon.
It proved to be the winning goal, as Les Bleus held on to secure the victory, and their first ever Nations League title.
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