Cascarino: This imposing Tottenham duo were no match for Manchester United counterpart
By Alex Stevens
Tony Cascarino has claimed that imposing duo Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele were no match for Paul Pogba in Tottenham’s defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.
The pundit claimed the United midfield kingpin proved his class with a magnificent display that was worthy of his world-record £89million transfer fee.
Pogba has had a mixed start to his Old Trafford career but Cascarino was in no doubt about his effectiveness in his side’s 1-0 win over Spurs on Sunday.
The former Chelsea striker has also noted how the former Juventus man has been an increasingly influential figure during the team’s run of improved performances in recent weeks.
“When he joined as a world-record signing I think people expected him to be dancing past players and scoring every week like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo,” wrote Cascarino in the Times. “But that’s not Pogba’s game. He will score goals — he nearly netted a stunning free kick yesterday — but his importance to United is the way he dominates midfield.
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“He’s strong, he can keep the ball, steal possession and start attacks. He was up against two imposing players in Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele and he was the star man.
‘There aren’t many midfielders in the world like him and I see why United paid £89 million for him.”
Wanyama and Dembele were paired in central midfield by manager Mauricio Pochettino at Old Trafford after Eric Dier was omitted from the starting line-up.
Wanyama has started all 15 of Spurs’ Premier League matches as well as five of their six Champions League games after emerging as a mainstay since his summer move from Southampton.
Pochettino has hailed Dembele as a “genius” and the Belgian is usually a starter when he is fit and available.
United’s win over Spurs allowed them to narrow the gap on the fifth-placed London club to three points.
In other Tottenham news, the club have confirmed they are closing in on a major January signing.