Why Mikel is Better Than Paul Pogba

Pogba recently became the world’s most expensive player
when moving to United from Serie A champions Juventus
for £93.8m on a five-year deal.
The 23-year-old is set to make his first appearance for
United since leaving them in 2012 against Southampton in
the Premier League on Friday, but it remains to be seen
which position he will operate in.
Pogba was used as an anchoring midfielder for France at
Euro 2016 but Parker does not believe he is good enough
in the role.
“Can he be as good as Roy Keane or Bryan Robson? I
wonder about him playing that midfield role,” said Parker,
speaking exclusively to 888Sport.
“I worry about him making tackles and getting across to
close players down because he is rangy. He doesn’t have
quick feet and his game is about going to ground. That’s
going to be a problem.
“In a holding position it would be a waste because he’s not
a Makelele or even a John Obi Mikel because one thing
Mikel can do is close people down. Pogba can get forward,
and score goals, and pass the ball but in a high-tempo game
he won’t be very good in a deep role.
“We saw that in the Euros where he looked lost for long
periods of games when France didn’t have the ball. So
when United don’t have the ball what’s he going to be like?
Fellaini can’t do that either. Or Rooney. They can’t get
around. Behind Ibrahimovic and Martial there will be
changes because there is no way that midfield can last.”
Parker, who won two league titles with United, also reckons
the club are “embarrassed” to have spent so much to land
He added: “If United had signed Messi for a hundred
million not many would have complained. The same with
Ronaldo who scores goals and has a presence that scares
“With Pogba you do wonder when you look at his style of
play for Juventus can he play that way for Manchester
United? Where is he going to play? It would be a waste if
it’s in a holding role. If he plays behind Ibrahimovic that
puts Wayne Rooney in doubt and Rooney has to play – not
that he deserves a place but they have to play him. So it’s a
difficult situation.
“I think United in certain quarters are quite embarrassed by
how much they’ve had to pay for him but did he do
enough in his three seasons at Juventus to warrant that fee?
The answer is no, not at all and you have to wonder why
Real Madrid disappeared very quickly. They don’t get out-

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