Cantona compares Paul Pogba to Real Madrid star
Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona has today discussed the importance of Paul Pogba to the club, comparing the effect of the Frenchman’s recent absence to that of Luka Modric’s when sidelined for European champions Real Madrid.
Now 51, Cantona made the move to Old Trafford in 1992 from Leeds United, going on to solidify himself as a club legend during his 5-year stint in Manchester.
In total, the 45-time capped Les Bleus international racked up 82 goals in 185 appearances across all competitions for United, along with adding 4 Premier League titles to his trophy cabinet.
Speaking in an extensive interview with FullTimeDEVILS earlier today, Cantona was questioned on a wide range of subjects, with Jose Mourinho, Anthony Martial, Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba all discussed.
And it is the comments of the Frenchman on fellow countryman Pogba which have since had many fans talking, after Cantona likened the importance of Pogba to Jose Mourinho’s side to that of Luka Modric at the Bernabeu:
‘He’s as important as Modric for Real. Madrid, when Modric is injured, it’s not the same team. You’ve seen the last 5 or 6 years, every time he is injured, the team isn’t the same. ‘
‘And Pogba has the same influence on the team. He’s kind of the brain of the team.’
Pogba recently spent two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, with fans and pundits alike having noted how badly United struggled to gain control in the middle of the park versus top sides in his absence.
The likes of Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marouane Fellaini simply couldn’t provide the same dynamic box-to-box presence as their crocked teammate, with United’s hugely underwhelming performance at Stamford Bridge versus Chelsea two weeks ago having aptly highlighted just how crucial Pogba is for the Manchester giants.
The former Juventus star made his return to the pitch at the weekend, and played a starring role as the Red Devils put Newcastle to the sword by 4 goals to 1 at Old Trafford, providing his side with the athleticism and creativity from midfield that they so desperately missed in his absence.