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Pogba branded Euro 2020 ‘player of the tournament’

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Pulling the strings from the middle of the park, the Man Utd man was at the center of almost all good things for Les Bleus.

Paul Pogba was the “player of the tournament” at Euro 2020 prior to France’s elimination, asserts Wayne Rooney.

Pogba was one of the better players for France throughout the tournament. He was voted the man of the match in their opening Group F game against Germany, played a part in both the goals in the 2-2 draw with Portugal, and capped an excellent display in the Round of 16 tie against Switzerland.

The midfielder’s heroics, however, wasn’t enough to get France over the line after 120 minutes of action and they ended up losing the resultant penalty shootout.

“Like a lot of people, I fancied the French to be champions and as a team they were a massive disappointment,” Rooney wrote in his column for The Sunday Times.

“That was a particular shame for Paul Pogba. He had been the player of the tournament until they went out. The passes [he] played for Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe were incredible.

“It helped him to have N’Golo Kante as his midfield partner but I think the biggest reason that Paul’s performances were so good was his positioning. 

“He was playing deeper than we normally see him for Manchester United and this meant that he was able to pick the ball up in areas of the pitch where he had the time and room to pick a pass.”