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Pogba & Van de Beek comparisons ridiculed by Ex-Man Utd hero

Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba - Manchester United
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A former Red Devils fullback finds it funny when the World Cup-winning Frenchman is compared to the Netherlands international.

Paul Pogba gave a glowing glimpse of his tremendous talent – something which has become a rare occurrence – during Saturday’s Premier League meeting between Manchester United and West Ham.

The midfielder, upon being teed up by Bruno Fernandes 35 yards from goal, brilliantly kickstarted his side’s comeback by unleashing an unstoppable curling effort towards goal.

Ever since his return to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has struggled to make the desired impact on the team which has left him quite vulnerable to constant criticism.

Fitness problems and inconsistency prevented him to become a regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last season, and those problems have continued in this one.

Calls have been made to drop him completely from the team in favor of summer signing Donny van de Beek, but Patrice Evra feels there is a gulf in class between the two players.

Evra told Sky Sports: “What a great goal from Paul. When people compare him to Van de Beek, it just makes me laugh. Look at that goal.”

Goals from Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford also followed as United recorded a 3-1 result to mark a club-record ninth consecutive victory away from home in the Premier League.

“When we lose, people attack Ole, but what a great change. Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford running behind the defense, they make the difference, also Mata and Paul came alive,” Evra added.

“Cavani wasn’t having a good game. Van de Beek wasn’t having a good game, he made quick changes and we won.”