Paul Pogba not on Steven Gerrard’s level – Rafael Benitez

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez praised Paul Pogba following Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over The Magpies, but stressed that the Frenchman needs to be consistent for ’10 or 15 years’ before he can be compared to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

The former Juventus midfielder returned from injury emphatically, scoring and assisting to keep Manchester United within touching distance of Premier League pacesetters Manchester City.

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Paul Pogba’s strike against Newcastle was his third in the Premier League, just two shy of last season’s total of five. He has firmly adjusted to his role in Jose Mourinho’s system, forming an enviable partnership with Nemanja Matic. The Red Devils are yet to lose a league fixture with the two in the starting lineup, winning four and drawing one.

“They’re different,” said Benitez when asked on the comparisons between Steven Gerrard and Paul Pogba.

“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.”

Steven Gerrard is considered one of the greatest players in Liverpool history, graduating from the youth academy before going on to make over 700 appearances for the club, scoring 186 times and lifting two FA Cups, three League Cups, a UEFA Cup and the UEFA Champions League.

“Paul Pogba is a great player, but he still has to be consistent for years like Stevie was for 10 or 15 years.”

Paul Pogba’s flair and creativity has been sorely missed in Manchester United’s midfield over the past two months, sitting on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

The 24-year-old is well versed with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United blueprint after a stop-start 2016/17 campaign, scoring three and assisting three in five Premier League appearances.

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