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‘Lazy cheat’ – Marcel Desailly blasts Paul Pogba as Manchester United crash out of Champions League

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Marcel Desailly criticised Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba (Image: beIN SPORTS)

Marcel Desailly criticised Paul Pogba for being ‘lazy’ and ‘dishonest’ as Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League by the hands of Atletico Madrid.

World Cup winner Desailly’s feedback got here after Pogba was one in all three United gamers dropped from the beginning line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 conflict with Atletico Madrid.

Pogba got here on for Bruno Fernandes halfway by means of the second half however struggled to make an impression as United failed to attain an equaliser following Renan Lodi’s first-half header.

Shedding 2-1 defeat on combination means Manchester United will go one other season with out lifting a trophy and should now think about their top-four bid.

Talking earlier than United’s Champions League exit, former France, Chelsea, AC Milan and Nantes defender Desailly instructed beIN SPORTS: ‘High quality-wise, you can’t examine Paul Pogba to Fred or [Scott] McTominay or [Nemanja] Matic.

‘However he’s lazy, should you enable him to be some type of playmaker behind Ronaldo he’ll reap the benefits of it.

Pogba got here on as a second-half substitute towards Atletico Madrid (Image: Getty)

‘When he goes nicely, then he’s unbelievable. When he doesn’t go nicely, offensively he hasn’t gone to what everybody was anticipating, and on the identical time he’ll cheat a little bit bit and never drop again.

‘He cheats a little bit bit and doesn’t assist with the midfield defensively.’

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Manchester United haven’t gained a trophy since Could 2017 and goalkeeper David de Gea mentioned it was ‘troublesome to place into phrases’ how the crew felt within the dressing room.

‘We’re actually disillusioned with the end result,’ he instructed BT Sport. ‘It’s troublesome to place into phrases how we really feel now for the time being.

‘We didn’t sufficient in each video games to win it. It’s a really disappointing day for us. They’re a crew with lots of expertise. They know how one can play these Champions League video games.

‘They scored a purpose then are a troublesome crew so it was laborious for us to create probabilities. We’re out of one of the essential competitions so we’re very unhappy.’

Extra: Manchester United FC

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