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EPL 2016/17: Martin Keown wants Paul Pogba to go back to the basics

Anjan Majee
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Pogba is still being backed by Keown to replicate his Juventus form

Football pundits around the world have been busy over Paul Pogba in recent times. While some are busy criticizing the midfielder, others have been generous in laying out helping hands for the player’s betterment. Arsenal legend Martin Keown is the latest addition to the list who has a word of advice for the Frenchman.

Ever since his arrival at Old Trafford, expectations on Pogba have been sky-high and it’s obvious for a player of his caliber. More so when the player sits atop the list of highest ever transfer fee in the world. However, the world has not been so kind for Pogba since then. He has so far failed to justify the hefty price United paid to Juventus for his services.

The ex-England defender thinks that the Manchester United ace should go back to basics and focus on playing the game more simply. With the reputation he has achieved so far in his stellar career, it’s quite discernible for Pogba to have a flamboyant approach and produce something magical for the team.

However, the end results have not been on the brighter side for the ex-Juventus star which has prompted the experts around the globe to have a mixed opinion regarding his form and attitude to the game. Keown believes Pogba should do the basics right and should not try too hard to win a game on his own.

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Speaking to Daily Mail he said, “Did we really think that one player was going to make everything right again at Manchester United?”

“I do feel there are signs of a very good player there but he is overplaying a little bit. He wants to be involved in everything. He’s on the ball more and passing more than he was at Juventus at this stage last season. Maybe he was a bit more of an impact player at Juventus, and his role was more structured and disciplined,” he added.

The 23-year old Frenchman has shown glimpses of his capability but has done nothing substantial to prove the critics otherwise. But Keown, who has had a remarkable career with Arsenal, is still optimistic that the player will soon find his form and needs some more time to settle down.

“We shouldn’t be pointing the finger too much at him – he just needs to find the right balance to his play.”

The £89-million man has so far scored just one goal for United in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign, and with United’s latest draw against Burnley, the 20-time champions have just 15 points to their name in the first 10 games that has pushed the Red Devils to 8th position in the league table.

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