Paul Pogba was filmed leading a motivational half-time team talk before France completed a dramatic comeback against Belgium last week – leaving Manchester United legend Roy Keane red-faced.
Footage has emerged on social media of Pogba rallying the France troops as they trailed 2-0 at the interval during their Nations League semi-final against Roberto Martinez's men.
And the United star's rousing speech clearly paid off; as goals from Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappe and Theo Hernandez after the break were enough to seal a sensational turnaround and send Les Bleus to the final – where they got the better of Spain on Sunday night.
His team-talk is likely to come as a source of embarrassment for Keane, who questioned Pogba's leadership qualities after United's 3-2 defeat away at Roma back in May.
"Again, I look back and think Man United should be competing in the Champions League, but I still don’t think Pogba will drive Man United back to winning championships," the former Red Devils captain said.
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“I don’t think he’s a big leader, I don’t think he’s that type of character.
"He’s done better the last few games and obviously he did well during the week against Roma – although I thought the standard of that game was really poor.
“I still think Man United need to go out and get two world-class players and of course it’s easier said than done."
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But by inspiring France to a second-half comeback win over Belgium, Pogba has made a mockery of Keane's assessment and proved he can be a leader in the dressing room.
In his half-time team talk, the £89million midfielder said: “We have to be aggressive.
“It starts from the front all the way to the back, we win the ball back and we attack!
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"And yes we’re going to run a lot because they have quality players but so do we.
“We have to keep the ball & hurt them. 2nd half we have to be aggressive.”
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