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Graeme Souness: 'Paul Pogba would be a doddle to play against'

Souness: 'Paul Pogba would be a doddle to play against'
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Liverpool legend Graeme Souness launches a fresh attack on Paul Pogba, claiming that the Manchester United midfielder would be "an absolute doddle to play against".

Former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has launched a fresh criticism of Manchester United's Paul Pogba, claiming that the Frenchman would be a "doddle to play against".

Souness has been a regular and vocal critic of Pogba's attitude since his return to Old Trafford in 2016, repeatedly questioning his off-field antics and desire to make the most out of his ability at United.

The 66-year-old won three European Cups and five top-flight titles during his time as a Liverpool player and, when asked about his "disdain" for Pogba, Souness suggested that he would have enjoyed coming up against the World Cup winner.

"Pogba has absolutely everything to be a top player - great athleticism, super technique - but his attitude to the game is the polar opposite of mine," Souness told The Times.

"He goes out with one thought in his mind: 'I'm going to show everyone how clever I am today and be the star of the show.'

"My attitude, the way I was taught, was: 'Go out and work harder than the guy you're in against and see where that takes you.' He'd be an absolute doddle to play against."

Pogba has made just eight appearances across all competitions this season, having missed large chunks of the campaign through injury.

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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

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· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

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· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

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