Roy Keane baffled by Paul Pogba for fluffing "huge moment" in Man Utd’s season
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Roy Keane was left baffled by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba for fluffing a “huge moment” in the club’s season.
The Irishman’s former side could not find a way past their rivals as they had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Anfield.
It was United’s £89million man who had the best chance of the game, though, with just seven minutes of normal time left.
Pogba found himself in space six yards out – but his right-footed effort was straight at goalkeeper Alisson.
And Keane, who won seven Premier League titles and a treble at Old Trafford, could not believe the Frenchman missed the chance.
Speaking on Sky Sports after the game, the pundit said: "I think they will be disappointed with their two best chances of the whole game.
"Liverpool obviously had a lot of possession, started well. But the two big chances United had in the second half, particularly the more you watch it – Pogba – they're saying it's a great save but he has to score.
"What a boost that would have been for United – spoiling their home record, the three points."
The goal would have put United four points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
But the 0-0 draw means they are only two ahead of second-placed Leicester while Manchester City can overtake if they win their two games in hand.
And Keane emphasised how big a moment the midfielder’s miss is in the context of the season.
He added: "Pogba, you can tell by his reaction. His first touch excellent. Oh my goodness. Has to score. Go across the goalkeeper. Anywhere but straight at him.
"It's easy when you're watching here but Pogba, because his first touch was so good he's given himself the opportunity to go across the goalkeeper.
"Huge moment in the season for United. Credit to the keeper he stood up, made himself big but that was the chance you'd be praying for before the game."
But Keane was left impressed overall by his former side’s performance against the champions on their own turf.
He continued: "You can't say Liverpool are playing badly it's just a case of 'they've lost their spark'.
"They've lost their spark definitely. And when you get these opportunities like Pogba did there. So disappointed.
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"We've given Pogba a bit of big build up, we've criticised him, but that was a moment there for him to say 'listen'. He wants to be main man he's got to take that chance.
"But I wouldn't be too critical of United. I thought United showed a good mentality and the back four, which always worries me, were brilliant."
Pogba’s team-mate Bruno Fernandes had a tough day at Anfield, being left furious with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at his substitutions.
But it also saw Keane’s previous comments about United’s top-scorer come back to haunt him.
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