Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup on Friday night and Paul Pogba, without being imperious, played fairly well.
The Frenchman carried the ball well, picked some nice passes, maintained possession under pressure, fended off opponents, won important freekicks, wasted a bit of time hither and thither, shut down space in defence and generally did all the things that he’s paid so handsomely to do.
Anybody without an ill-conceived quasi-vendetta against him would have been at least satisfied with a robust if unspectacular performance, but not Trevor Francis, oh no.
After watching Pogba stride about the midfield from the confines of the BeIN Sport studio, Francis was unable to deviate from drab Sounessian miserablism.
“Pogba will never give you the opportunity of winning trophies or championships.”
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) 25 January 2019
Speaking after the final whistle, Francis summoned the following bibble:
Pogba, for me, will never ever give you the opportunity of winning trophies or championships because I think he’s a luxury player.
He’s not a Mourinho player.
Pogba has won four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias, the Europa League and the World Cup, among other things.
In fact, he’s already won more overall trophies than Francis did as a player and a manager combined.
Still spends too much time dying his hair and dabbing though, doesn’t he?