Wayne Rooney urges Paul Pogba to imitate Frank Lampard

Manchester United hero Wayne Rooney has urged Paul Pogba to model his game on Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Pogba has missed a lot of action this season, featuring in just seven Premier League matches due to sustained foot injuries.

But his performance last season showed a glimpse of a goal-scoring midfielder Manchester United can rely on to win games.

It was the 27-year-old’s best season in terms of numbers as he managed 15 goals and 10 assists in all competitions.

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In his column for the Sunday Times Rooney, who now plays for Derby County, believes Pogba will pose more threats if he attacks the penalty box when the ball goes wide.

He added: “He would score more goals and with his good feet, his athleticism, he would be an absolute nightmare.”

Rooney also said that Manchester United’s legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson often warned his players about this type of player.

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He said: “The Frank Lampard type [is a nightmare], the midfielder who runs past you: with Frank, when the ball went wide you knew he would be off, sprinting into the box and he was one of those about who Fergie would say: ‘This player is not a one-man job — you have to pass them on’.

“One lapse of team concentration in that moment and the best — like Lampard — punish you.”

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The Chelsea manager was a renowned goal-scorer in his playing days and still holds Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer record with 211 goals.

In 2009/10, Lampard found the net on 22 occasions and laid on 14 assists – an unbelievable number for a midfielder.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.