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Eamon Dunphy Believes That Paul Pogba Absence Won’t Be A Game-Changer For Manchester Derby

Dunphy’s criticism of Paul Pogba dates back to 2016 upon the latter’s return to Old Trafford.

The millstone of the then-world record transfer fee of £89m initially weighed down Paul Pogba when he made the move from Juventus to Manchester United. After a defeat to Manchester City in September of 2016, RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy had this to say on the Frenchman.

“For £100million he’s nothing and he just doesn’t have a position you can play him in. Alex Ferguson was right to let him go. I think he saw what I’ve always seen is that this guy doesn’t have a game.”

As Pogba slowly adjusted to the pressure and the United system, his performances improved. The acquisition of Nemanja Matic this past summer enabled the 24-year-old to push forward on the pitch, and his impact on United’s fortunes has been telling, particularly after his recent injury lay-off.

Dunphy, however, remains unimpressed with the midfielder’s contribution to the United cause.

His red card incurred against Arsenal on Saturday has ruled him out of the upcoming six-pointer against league leaders Man City, commonly seen as a cruel blow to Jose Mourinho’s side.

Dunphy, a former Millwall stalwart, told RTE 2FM’s Game On show of why the Red Devils won’t miss him a great deal this weekend.

“It’s not a game-changer for next weekend, not at all,” the 72-year-old bluntly stated.

“I don’t think Pogba is that good. There are a lot of guys in England hyping Pogba up. He’s okay. He is always on the edge of the game. He made a goal at the weekend but for £90m you are expecting a lot more over the 90 minutes, more intensity.”

The price tag still rankles with Dunphy, who further questioned Pogba’s influence, along with his motivation to be an influence to begin with.

“He is not a world class player, a make-the-difference player”, he continued. “I think he is very self-indulgent.”

“He doesn’t appear to have a care in the world. I’d say he is a smashing lad to go on a night out  or to live next door to but does he win matches?”

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.