Paul Pogba: Former Man United coach Meulensteen refuses to call Frenchman 'world-class'

Paul Pogba: Former Man United coach Meulensteen refuses to call Frenchman 'world-class'

- Paul Pogba has been heavily criticised for his inconsistencies since returning to Man United in 2016

- The Red Devils re-signed the Frenchman in a world record fee valued around £89 million from Juventus

- Rene Meulensteen says the World Cup winner does not deserve the world-class status just yet

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Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes Paul Pogba has not worked hard enough to merit the 'world-class' status.

The Frenchman was responsible for the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford in last weekend's Premier League cracker.

Pogba hacked down Hector Bellerin who made an attacker move in the second half before Pierre Emerick Aubameyang superbly converted the spot-kick.

The 56-year-old also insisted that the 2018 World Cup winner lacks consistency since he returned to the club from Juventus in a club-record deal valued at £89 million in 2016 as reported by Daily Mail.

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And Meulensteen, who was Sir Alex Ferguson's former right-hand man at between 2007 and 2013 told Stadium Astro:

"You can have all the talent in the world but it's about hard work, and it's hard work that brings that quality to the surface.
"For me, he hasn't worked hard enough. I can see it all the time, it's too slow, it's laboured and there is no urgency about it and other teams can capitalise on it.

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"He is a very talented player. Everyone keeps talking about him – he's world-class, he's world-class.
"I would never use world-class so easily because I know players past and present and they deserve the accolade of being world-class.

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Paul Pogba: Former Man United coach Meulensteen refuses to call Frenchman 'world-class'
Paul Pogba after giving a penalty away to Arsenal in their Premier League meeting at Man United. Photo by Visionhaus.
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"In my opinion, Paul doesn't deserve that in any shape or form because I don't think he's lived up to expectations.
'I don't think we expect too much of him because of the player he has been and the trophies he has won.
'We need to expect even more from him, but that only comes from working hard. That then rubs off on other players. Not working hard does as well because they start to question those performances.'

Pogba came out after the match to take responsibility for the disappointing defeat to the North Londoners. earlier reported that Paul Pogba has taken responsibility for Manchester United's 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford this weekend.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game from the spot after the Frenchman conceded a penalty by fouling Hector Bellerin in the second half.

The defeat saw the Red Devils suffered their first home defeat to the Gunners since September 2006 when they ran off with the same scoreline. This is also United's worst start to the season at home for 48 years.

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