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'Pogba is better than Patrick Vieira' - Man Utd star superior to World Cup winner, says Blanc

9:51 PM WAT 07/06/2018
Paul Pogba France 2018
A former Arsenal icon won top honours for club and country, but a much-maligned performer at Old Trafford is considered to be a more rounded player

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is a technically superior player to Arsenal and France legend Patrick Vieira, claims World Cup winner Laurent Blanc.

A man re-signed by the Red Devils for £89 million in the summer of 2016 has struggled to justify that hefty price tag at times, with serious questions having been asked of his form for club and country.

He is, however, only 25 years of age and a player who should have further improvement in him before reaching his peak.

Blanc considers that to be an exciting prospect, with Pogba – who has learned to turn a deaf ear to his critics – capable of being a more rounded performer than a man who helped Arsenal to Premier League titles and France to conquer the world.

“I think he’s a new player, let’s not forget he’s young, so I think he still has room to improve,’ Blanc told

“In my generation we have very physically impressive players, like Patrick Vieira, for example.

“Technically speaking Patrick is really good, but he is not as good as Pogba, especially in terms of attacking.

“If he can optimise his physical potential and his technique, he will be able to score many goals.

“He is well ahead of the other players in terms of physical levels, it will make a difference at some point in the game.”

Blanc, who Goal has revealed to be in contention to take charge of Chelsea this summer, believes Pogba will become a talismanic figure for United and France in the future.

He added: “In the next few years, I think if Pogba does not suffer from injury problems, he will be one of the key players for France and also his club, lucky enough to have Pogba.”

For now, the flamboyant playmaker is focused on the present with Les Bleus as they prepare for a World Cup 2018 campaign.

Didier Deschamps’ much-fancied side are set to open their competition against Australia on June 16, with Peru and Denmark providing their other opposition in Group C.