Former Manchester United player Andrei Kanchelskis has given his support to Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, insisting that they can both become ‘the best in Europe’ by emulating the rise of David de Gea.
Kanchelskis knows all about the pressure and prestige of playing for Manchester United, having been signed by Sir Alex Ferguson back in 1990-91 season. Making 123 league appearances and scoring 28 goals, Kanchelskis had a fruitful four years at United, winning two league titles, the FA Cup, and the League Cup.
Having once been a new signing for United, Kanchelskis knows all about having to adapt to the English style of play, and feels that it’s only a matter of time before Pogba adapts and flourishes.
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Kanchelskis, speaking exclusively to 888sport, said: “Pogba is playing different football to what he’s used to in Italy.
"It is very different to English football, not just on the pitch but in life and the mentality. I played out there and I know.
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"Pogba is a very good player who needs time to adapt to the Premier League. He has only played four months. Look at De Gea – when he arrived everybody was saying he wasn’t such a good keeper but now he’s the best goalkeeper in Europe.”
Kanchelskis makes a valid argument for Pogba, especially in respect to the rise of De Gea.
Let's not forget that five years ago when De Gea was signed, expectations of him were exceptionally high, given that he was tasked with the responsibility to replace veteran Edwin Van der Sar.
A slip up during a match against West Brom, a 6-1 mauling from Manchester City, and the failure to deal with an aerial ball against Blackburn Rovers saw criticism amass towards the 20-year-old, and there were already questions about the Spaniard's ability to adapt to the physicality of the English game.
However, five years and three consecutive Player of the Year awards later, De Gea is undoubtedly one of the top five - if not top three - goalkeepers around. If he can adapt, why can’t Pogba?
Another player that the Ukrainian feels should be given more time to adapt is young Marcus Rashford.
Having burst onto the season earlier this year with a brace against FC Midtjylland and then again against Arsenal, Rashford’s explosive rise has seemed to slow this season, with Jose Mourinho still trying to figure out his best team.
This has meant that Rashford has not been given many opportunities to perform, and his goal return of four in 14 appearances this season - which includes a 10 game barren goal run - highlights that fact.
However, Kanchelskis does believe that the player can continue reaching greater heights, and believes all the striker needs is time.
He said: “Rashford has been very good very quickly but he needs time. It’s all a big change but in time he can help Manchester United win the title.”
Read the full 888sport interview with Andrei Kanchelskis, including his fears that wingers have no hope under destructive Mourinho.
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