Paul Pogba warned he may have cost himself new Man Utd contract after Liverpool draw

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba may have earned himself a new contract if he scored the winner against Liverpool on Sunday, reckons Danny Murphy. Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy became a hero with Reds fans at the turn of the century by scoring the only goal in three separate 1-0 wins at Old Trafford. Pogba could have been the hero for United at Anfield but saw an effort saved by goalkeeper Alisson.

United legend Roy Keane was critical of Pogba after the match, stating that the France international simply had to score.

Murphy agrees it was a poor miss that the likes of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard and Chelsea icon Frank Lampard would have scored in their day.

And with Pogba’s contract at United expiring in 2022, and his future at the club constantly a talking point, Murphy reckons a new deal could have been in the pipeline if he netted the winner.

The pundit told talkSPORT: “If you want to be one of the best and be the talisman for the team and be a super player, you’ve got to turn up and get the winner in big games.

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“You’ve got to make things happen, you’ve got to grab the moments when they come.

“That was a moment that would have elevated him to a status with the fans, it probably would have got him a new deal if he had banged that in, you never know the way football goes.

“But [Keane’s] right, big players, it’s a great chance.

“He’s hit it well but a bit more cute and he scores. Hit it low in the corner, it’s not that difficult a finish.

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“Would Gerrard have scored it? Would Lampard have scored it? Yeah.”

Former Red Devils captain Keane explained how he would have taken the chance on Sunday.

The Irishman said on Sky Sports: “You can tell by [Pogba’s] reaction. The first touch is excellent but oh my God. He has to score. Go across the goalkeeper, he can do that.

“His first touch was so good, he’s given himself the opportunity to go across. But credit to the goalkeeper, he stood up and made himself big. That was the chance you were praying for before the game.

“You can’t say Liverpool are playing badly but they’ve lost their spark.

“When you get opportunities like Pogba’s, (you must be) so disappointed.

“We gave him a big build-up and that was the moment for him to be the main man, you have to take that chance.”

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