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24th Apr 2019

Sky Sports pundits demand ‘senior’ Paul Pogba set example for ‘younger’ Jesse Lingard despite being three months younger than him

Asking a bit much of him aren't you guys

Oli Dugmore

Paul Pogba of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Barcelona and Manchester United at Camp Nou on April 16, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Asking a bit much of him aren’t you guys

Another day, another poor piece of Paul Pogba punditry.

Ahead of the Manchester derby Sky Sports assembled a Holy Trinity of Red Nev, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane, tacking Joe Hart on for, I guess, balance.

During the pre-match hype Keane eviscerated Pogba. He said: “I wouldn’t believe a word he says. No meaning behind it. I don’t even think he believed what he was saying there. He’s a big problem.

“These are the players that threw Mourinho under the bus. They’ll do the same to Ole. Leopards don’t change their spots. There are too many bluffers at this club to get Man United back to the top.”

More of the same. Souness-like in his analysis.

It was however, alternative comments from the comms team that will raise more eyebrows, demanding United’s midfielder age three months faster than teammate Jesse Lingard and begin to show some bloody leadership. Act your age Paul, even if it is three months younger than Jesse.

Souness said Lingard needed “senior” players “to look up to”. Keane criticised Pogba for not taking that leader’s role. Gary Neville agreed.

None of them apparently aware of the birthdates of either player.