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What Pogba said about Mbappe ahead of Man Utd, PSG clash at Old Trafford
By Mirror | Updated Feb 12, 2019 at 15:28 EAT
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Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe
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The 20-year-old has scored a remarkable 22 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions this season

“I would say we are lucky that Neymar is not there – it’s unlucky for him but lucky for us..."

Paul Pogba knows all about the quality of Kylian Mbappe, and says that Manchester United will have to deal with a player who is seven years ahead of schedule on Tuesday evening.

Mbappe heads to Old Trafford as the last surviving member of Paris Saint-Germain's famed front three, with Neymar and Edinson Cavani both missing the Champions League last-16, first leg tie through injury.

The 20-year-old has scored a remarkable 22 goals in 27 appearances in all competitions this season, following on from the World Cup winners' medal he won alongside fellow Frenchman Pogba last summer.

And the United midfielder - a player reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and fresh from a brace in the 3-0 win at Fulham at the weekend - has compared Mbappe to a couple of modern-day greats.


“What’s so special [about Kylian] is that he’s maybe 20 and plays like he’s 27 - and 27 is when you have a lot of experience,” Pogba told United's official website ahead of Tuesday's clash.

“He understands the game and that is the difference between him and the other young, top talented players.

"He’s just a machine. You think about Thierry Henry, Ronaldo – he’s this kind of player, who can score goals, is very fast, can dribble, can make assists. He’s a player that it’s hard to block."

But while Mbappe will be crucial in the game, Pogba added that United are fortunate not to be facing a certain teammate of his.

“I would say we are lucky that Neymar is not there – it’s unlucky for him, but lucky for us because he’s a player that can change the game by himself as well," he continued.


"Those kinds of players, you don’t really know where or how to block them, because they can create so much space, they can dribble [past] two players, they can score goals.

"They are all dangerous, so you don’t think about only one player, because it’s always a team. But obviously, their attack is the key. So hopefully we’re gonna block them.”

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