Roy Keane believes Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek are Manchester United’s best midfield trio and feels Paul Pogba ‘hasn’t done enough’ to warrant a place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
United host Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday and are looking to register their third win of the new Premier League campaign.
Pogba, meanwhile, has started just one out of United’s last four games since their 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham last month.
And Keane claims the World Cup winner lacks the ‘spirit’ and ‘fight’ required to warrant a regular role in United’s midfield.
‘Pogba’s performances over the last few years for United to me haven’t been good enough, it’s as simple as that,’ Keane told Sky Sports.
‘There’s an obsession at the moment with protecting the back four, but I think United as well at the moment lack a bit of creativity going forward.
‘Fernandes has been brilliant, Van de Beek hasn’t had a look in yet, I’d like to see him in there.
‘I’ve seen McTominay in there, I’ve seen players like Fred in there and Matic, they’ve all had a go and to me they haven’t done enough, they’ve not been consistent enough in terms of Man United closing the gap on Liverpool and Man City.
‘That’s what I’d always be looking at. I’m not on about when they are competing with teams in the middle of the table, I’m talking about when they are competing against Liverpool and Man City.
‘You’re talking about energy, you need more than energy to play in midfield for Man United. You need creativity, you need lads with a bit of character and a bit of heart.
‘Pogba hasn’t done enough. I think Bill Shankly said years ago, some players turn up you don’t know what you’re going to get. Pogba’s like that, it’s no good to you. That’s no good if you want to win league titles.
‘For all Pogba’s talent, he should be in this team, but he doesn’t do enough. He doesn’t do the other side of the game, he doesn’t show enough spirit, enough fight. He’s got talent but that’s not enough for me to play in midfield for Manchester United, you need more than that.’