Roy Keane reacts to Paul Pogba’s criticism of former Manchester United manager

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Paul Pogba recently slammed Jose Mourinho’s man-management when the pair worked together at Manchester United from 2016 to 2018.

In an interview with Sky Sports, he said: “What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn’t go against the players.”

“Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.”

It was not only the Frenchman who had a strained relationship with Mourinho, with Luke Shaw also enduring a hard time under the Portuguese manager. 

Keane has now weighed into the debate, saying that having a damaged connection with the manager should not be the reason for poor performances.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s saying he didn’t like Mourinho and he now likes Ole – it’s not necessarily about liking your manager, it’s about going out and doing the business week in, week out.”

“This idea that he loves Ole, that doesn’t guarantee you trophies. It’s about respecting your manager. They’re different managers but I tell you what, I like the look of Mourinho’s CV.”

Keane further added that Pogba hasn’t added enough to justify his lofty transfer fee and salary.

“It’s not like Pogba’s only been there for 12 months, he’s been there for three or four years and it’s not exactly like Manchester United have been competing for trophies,” he added.

“When United signed Pogba, it wasn’t to be playing in the Europa League and to be trying to win the League Cup.”

Keane is known for his fiery comments and is justified in questioning Pogba’s contribution. The Frenchman’s return to Old Trafford in 2016 was designed to drive United’s challenge to major honours.

However, United haven’t won a single major trophy since 2017 and have never come close to challenging for the league crown.

The 28-year old is entering the final 12 months of his contract with United and the club have to make a big call on whether they want to extend his contract or cash in on him this summer.