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Former Manchester United and France star Mikael Silvestre aims dig at ‘inconsistent’ Paul Pogba


Paul Pogba has not convinced his fellow Frenchman Mikael Silvestre (Picture: Getty Images)

Paul Pogba may have earned some rave reviews for his performances at Euro 2020 so far, but former Manchester United and France defender Mikael Silvestre is left frustrated with his countryman’s inconsistency for club and country.

France have made it into the knockout stages of the tournament but have not been at their best, narrowly beating Germany 1-0 before draws with Hungary and Portugal.

Pogba was in superb form against the Germans, but could not recreate it in the two draws which followed and Silvestre feels this is typical of his game.

The 43-year-old rates his compatriot highly, regarding him as world-class, but just not on a regular basis.

‘The problem with Paul Pogba is the consistency – or lack of,’ said Mikael Silvestre, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at the launch of their European Championships 5-a-side Bet.

Mikael Silvestre won four Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)

‘When he’s at the top of this game, his level is something else, but he finds it difficult to repeat that game after game.

‘I look at it this way; he’s a world-class player, he’s got world-class attributes for sure. The question is, can he repeat it every three days? I’m not sure he can. He hasn’t done it for Man United, I’m not sure he can do it for France either.’

Silvestre, who also turned out for Arsenal and Inter Milan among others, certainly does not want Pogba out of the team for either France or the Red Devils, but is never convinced that he will see a good performance out of him.

‘I’m always happy to see him on the pitch for club or country, because he’s been unlucky with injuries,’ he continued. ‘The frustrating part is that we haven’t seen him reach his levels week-in, week-out.

‘I don’t know whether it’s a psychological thing or a physical thing. I’m a Man United supporter and a France supporter, so I’m always hoping that whoever he represents, we see the best of him, because we saw against Germany just how much he can give to the team.’

Despite not hitting the heights in their group, France still finished top and booked a last 16 meeting with Switzerland on Monday night.

Portugal and Germany also emerged from ‘The Group of Death’ with the Portuguese facing Belgium on Sunday and the Germans meeting England on Tuesday.


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