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Rafa Benitez has just won some more brownie points with his comments on Paul Pogba and Steven Gerrard.
Some pundits are prematurely suggesting the Frenchman is the nearest thing they’ve seen to our legendary former captain since his exit, but Benitez, who managed Gerrard throughout the midfielder’s peak, has rubbished such claims.
Until Pogba is voted into the Premier League Team of the Year on eight occasions, there’s not really a comparison to make…
“No, they’re different,” the Newcastle manager told Sky Sports. “Stevie was a top-class player for so many years.
“He was very consistent and could make the difference in every game, with or without the ball.
“He was a top-class player. Pogba is a great player, but he still has to be consistent for years like Stevie was for 10 or 15 years.
“Pogba is not my player, so I don’t need to talk too much about him. He’s a great player, like the majority of the Manchester United players.”