Watford midfielder, Abdoulaye Doucoure, has endorsed the kind of show-off his former France youth international teammate Paul Pogba is known for despite having attracted criticism from some Manchester United fans, insisting it is his innate quality – a part of his outstanding talent.
Watford host Manchester United in the Premier League at the Vicarage Road on Saturday, and Doucoure speaks about Pogba’s quality, hoping that he and the Hornets teammates can effectively hold that kind of influential player as they look to maintain their 100 per cent winning steak.
Pogba has come in for criticism from some quarters for his form since returning to Manchester United in 2016, despite winning the Europa League and helping Jose Mourinho’s team to a second-place finish last season.
A lack of consistency and tendency to resort to apparent showboating has frustrated some United fans, but Doucoure says his former France youth international team-mate has always played that way, and it is what has enabled him to get to the top of the game.
“Since under-16 I played with him,” Doucoure said.
“And he was, physically, the same today. He was in advance of everyone. He had his technique.
“He was the same. He likes to show off a little bit, but he’s a very nice guy, very natural. Today there’s a different dimension, because he is a superstar, but he was always the same.
“He has this personality because he is good on the pitch. Benjamin Mendy as well, brings a lot of personality, shows off sometimes. It’s good in football.”
Doucoure knows that Pogba, 25, poses a big threat to the Hornets’ unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.
“Of course, he is a very important player for Manchester United. We have to be aware of him, he will be very dangerous for us,” he added.
“[But] we are in the best condition because we have had a very good pre-season.
“This year everyone wants to be in the top 10. We think we can do something, we have a very good start. We just want more now.”