Rio Ferdinand rates Man United star Paul Pogba’s display v Belgium

Rio Ferdinand was impressed by Paul Pogba's performance for France against Belgium on Tuesday

Rio Ferdinand
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand Photo: BT Sport

Rio Ferdinand heaped praise on Paul Pogba for his strong performance for France in their 1-0 win over Belgium in the World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday night.

The French midfielder played for the full 90 minutes as Didier Deschamps’ side secured their spot in the World Cup final on Sunday.

Pogba has regularly come in for criticism for failing to produce consistent performances for Manchester United since his big-money move back to Old Trafford back in the summer of 2016.

He started last season strongly but struggled to maintain his form throughout the campaign.

Now, Manchester United legend Ferdinand was quick to heap praise on Pogba following his brilliant and disciplined performance against Belgium on Tuesday night.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Ferdinand said: “Yes, I think (Kylian) Mbappe was great.

“But also, Paul Pogba today showed why he went for so much money.

“His discipline, which he’s been called out for beforehand, seemed to come into play.

“There’s an understanding about his game, a maturity today in this game.

“Not just today, but in this tournament he’s grown and grown and grown.

“He emerged out of this game as the midfielder on the pitch.”

Meanwhile, Manchester United will be hoping to challenge for the Premier League title next season as they look to try and in the trophy for the first time since 2013.

The Red Devils ended up in second place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term in what was Jose Mourinho’s second season at the club.

Manchester United have so far signed Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant so far this summer.

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