Rene Meulensteen says he can understand Roy Keane’s viewpoint on Paul Pogba showing a lack of application and consistency at Manchester United.
The ex-United captain, typically, ripped into his former side following the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Pogba once again bore the brunt of the criticism with Keane citing the £89million star still hasn’t done enough in a United shirt.
Former United coach Meulensteen, who worked alongside Sir Alex Ferguson between 2007-2013, agrees with Keane’s assessment and referenced an example from the club legend’s book to back up his point.
“I can see where Roy Keane is coming from after spending so many years under Sir Alex Ferguson,” he told Stadium Astro .
“I’ve worked with Sir Alex Ferguson and he told his players you can have all the talent in the world but it’s working hard and hard work that brings that quality to the surface.
“Hard work is a quality. For me, no he hasn’t worked hard enough. It’s too slow, it’s too laboured, there is no urgency about it and other teams can capitalise on it.
“We spoke about the importance of Arsenal coming through on the left, this is what I was fearing, players running off Pogba, dragging Shaw out and running off Pogba to get spaces to hurt United.”
“I keep saying it all the time, he is a very talented player,” he added. “People talk about him being world-class but I’d never use that word so easily. I know players past and present, they deserve the accolade of being world-class. In my opinion, Paul doesn’t deserve that in any shape or form in this moment. I don’t think he lives up to expectations.
“I think we need to expect even more from him but that only comes from working hard for a start. That rubs off to other players. Working hard but also not working hard. They start to question those performances.
“You go back to his Juventus time, he played in a very experienced team with a lot of strong personalities and leaders. That’s one thing that United are lacking and he should be one of them but he isn’t. He’s not a leader. The only one that I can see that has some kind of leadership is Bruno Fernandes.”