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Paul Pogba Cites Nicolas Anelka & Antonio Conte as His Biggest Career Influences

Paul Pogba Cites Nicolas Anelka & Antonio Conte as His Biggest Career Influences

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been listing some of the most influential people in is career and you might be surprised to know that former Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Liverpool striker Nicolas Anelka was the first name that popped into his head.

Having re-joined United last summer for a world record £89 million fee, Pogba is now one of football’s most respected and exciting talents, and there’s no shortage of world class talent when he lists the people who have helped him get to where he is today.

But rather than naming a fellow midfielder, like Zinedine Zidane, Roy Keane or Patrick Vieria, Pogba has gone for some slightly left-field choices which may leave Red Devils fans slightly baffled.

Speaking to the United Programme, via JOE, the 23-year-old said: “You might be surprised… Nicolas Anelka, Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Ferguson as well, Conte.

Those people have helped me a lot to get where I am now.

“A player I always look up to is Patrice Evra. He’s family, that’s how I see him, and he’s always looked after me, helped me and given me advice.

“He’s someone on the pitch who is very serious and very professional, yet away from the pitch he’s a brother and someone you can have a laugh with – as you’ve seen on our videos on Instagram!

“He’s someone very important for a football team and for a club, and as a person he’s someone who can help you a lot.”

The comments about Evra definitely make sense, given the left-back’s time with Pogba in Italy, and his links to United.

But Anelka? It seems a bit of a weird one to us, and even mentioning Ferguson seems strange given the controversial way he and Pogba parted company several years ago.

What do you make of his choices?

Let us know in the comments section below…

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