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Rooney insists Pogba is Euro 2020's ‘Player of the Tournament’

Sun 04 July 2021 | 12:34

Despite failing to get past Switzerland in Euro 2020’s round of 16, the England icon believes Paul Pogba deserves the privilege to be named the player of the competition for consistently performing at a high level contributing to Didier Deschamps' side.

"Like a lot of people, I fancied the French to be champions and as a team they were a massive disappointment," 

Rooney 

wrote in his column for

The Sunday Times

.

"That was a particular shame for Paul Pogba. He had been the player of the tournament until they went out. The passes [he] played for Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe were incredible.

"It helped him to have N’Golo Kante as his midfield partner but I think the biggest reason that Paul’s performances were so good was his positioning. 

"He was playing deeper than we normally see him for Manchester United and this meant that he was able to pick the ball up in areas of the pitch where he had the time and room to pick a pass."

 

 

The former 

Manchester United

 forward then mooted that a change in Marcus Rashford's approach at Old Trafford could help Pogba. The Englishman added: "Give 

Paul

 time and space and he has the ability and imagination to really hurt the opposition. 

Mbappe

 had a poor Euros overall but he did contribute to Paul’s success.

"Teams sat off France because they were worried about Mbappe's pace, which helped buy Paul that bit of room to play in, and Mbappe's ability to run in behind allowed Paul to play a type of pass that he is so good at, the brave through ball right down the middle of the pitch.

"At United, if Marcus Rashford can develop his game and be encouraged to start making those Mbappe-style runs in behind, I believe you would see Paul doing more of what he does for his country in a club shirt."

 


source: The Sunday Times

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