Claude Makelele speaks honestly about Paul Pogba's dancing celebrations for Man Utd


Paul Pogba has been a star reborn at Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Prior to the appointment, when Jose Mourinho was in charge, the Frenchman had scored three goals and assisted the same amount in 14 Premier League appearances.

However, since Solskjaer arrived two weeks ago Pogba has recorded four goals and three assists in just three games.

His brace against Bournemouth on Sunday helped seal a third-consecutive victory for United, who closed the gap on Arsenal to three points.

Pogba was fantastic at Old Trafford and showed that when he's given the freedom to express himself, he delivers.

An assist for Romelu Lukaku's 72nd-minute goal - United's fourth of the afternoon - capped a pretty perfect performance from the 25-year-old, yet he still came under fire after the game.

In typical fashion, Pogba celebrated both of his goals with a choreographed dance routine alongside Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard.

United fans certainly didn't have a problem with it, but a few former footballers have taken umbrage at the celebrations.

Jamie Carragher, for example, reacted in the commentary box to Pogba and Bailly dancing by saying, "Oh here we go," before muttering under his breath, "Jesus."

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And now Chelsea legend Claude Makelele has given his honest thoughts on his countryman's egocentric celebrations by saying it shows a lack of respect.

Makelele, who is widely regarded as one of the Premier League's greatest ever midfielders, finds it frustrating watching Pogba celebrating the way he does in front of the opposition.

"One example is Thierry Henry," Makelele said on Astro SuperSport, per the Mirror. "When he scored a goal before, everybody was like, 'F*****g hell, many goals, he's never happy.'

"One day I tell Thierry, 'Why?' He said, 'It's the way I celebrate my goal. I know people don't like this, but I'm like this. I can't change this.'


"Pogba, he's like this, he can't change this. We accept this - it's Pogba. For me, it means sometimes you don't respect your opponent, you know?

"It's frustrating. I'm fronting Pogba. I want to tell him, 'Listen, do this in the dressing room, not now. You win 4-0, you're dancing in front of me.'

"I have a lot of history. It's football - sometimes you need to explain to the player in front of you, give a little bit of respect."

Realistically Pogba is never going to change, but perhaps he would be wise to listen to Makelele's advice and at least tone down the celebrations.

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