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Pogba returned to Man United after spending four years in Italy with Juventus.

Andy Cole compares Paul Pogba to Roy Keane and Paul Scholes

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Ahead of this weekend's highly anticipated Manchester derby, former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has revealed that he believes Roy Keane and Paul Scholes were better than Paul Pogba and has laughed off any comparison between the 23-year-old and either of his former teammates at this stage.

After four years at Juventus, Pogba moved back to United this summer for a world-record £89 million fee and he's produced two impressive performances to help Jose Mourinho's side maintain their 100% start to the new campaign.

Meanwhile, Cole had great success playing in front of one of the club's greatest ever central midfield partnerships, scoring 121 goals in 275 appearances for the Red Devils.

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Speaking exclusively to 888Sport, Cole said, "Roy and Scholesy, well I'm very biased because I played with the pair of them. Pogba has the ability to become a fantastic player. But will he surpass them two? I'll tell you what; if he does then he'll turn out to be some player. Those two were absolutely phenomenal.

"I'm very biased. The '99 team was a very good team and what we achieved means a lot of people love that team and want to see Manchester United play like that team."

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Pogba can become the complete midfielder

However, it would be foolish to think that Cole doesn't rate Pogba as a player because, judging by the other things he said about the France international, he is evidently a big fan.

"I can't see why he can't be the complete midfielder," stated Cole. "For such a young man to go to Italy and do what he did then of course he can. He can be a special player at Old Trafford and that's why they paid all that money to bring him back.

"To cope with the price as he has done, it's just water off a duck's back. So fair play to him to come back to Old Trafford for unfinished business."

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Pogba must perform against City

No one doubts the talent and quality that Pogba possesses, but one of the criticisms of the Frenchman is that for all his ability, he hasn't taken enough big games by the scruff of the neck and controlled them for his team.

He couldn't stop Barcelona from beating Juve in the 2015 Champions League final and the former United youth team star was fairly anonymous as Portugal won the Euro 2016 final back in July.

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That said, in another massive match and his first Manchester derby, Pogba has a wonderful opportunity to show the world exactly what he is capable of doing.

Read the full 888sport interview with Andy Cole, including his thoughts on how Marcus Rashford can become an Old Trafford legend.

Will Pogba inspire Man Utd to victory in Saturday's derby? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Paul Scholes
Manchester United
Roy Keane
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Jose Mourinho
Andy Cole

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