Man United star Paul Pogba told forget about becoming next Andrea Pirlo

Robbie Keane doesn't believe Man United star Paul Pogba is the same type of midfielder as Italy legend Andrea Pirlo

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Paul Pogba needs to forget about becoming the next Andrea Pirlo and continue to play in a more advanced midfield role in the Manchester United team, according to Robbie Keane.

The Red Devils star has been in scintillating form over the past month since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager.

The interim head coach has given Pogba more freedom to play in the middle of the park, relinquishing the World Cup winner of his defensive duties.

Manchester United eased to a 1-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last weekend thanks to Marcus Rashford’s 44th-minute winner.

Pogba provided the assist for Rashford after the France star picked out the England striker with a wonderful pass.

The club record signing also netted their opening goal in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Brighton on Saturday afternoon to maintain his excellent form.

The 25-year-old has scored five times and created four goals since Solskjaer became the fourth Manchester United manager in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Pogba admitted in the aftermath of Manchester United’s 1-0 win at Tottenham that he was thriving in a more attacking role in the Red Devils team.

Former Tottenham striker Keane was encouraged to hear Pogba accept that he is at his best in a more advanced position.

“I am glad he said he is better further forward,” Keane told Sky Sports.

“We have been saying that for some time. He isn’t disciplined enough to play as a holding midfielder. He is not Andrea Pirlo. He likes to get on the ball and spray the ball. When he is getting at people higher up the pitch [he is better].

“We have seen that in the last couple of games with his goals and assists.”

Manchester United made Pogba their record signing when he moved back to the 20-time English champions from Serie A giants Juventus in an £89m deal in 2016.

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