Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba 'needs a Roy Keane next to him' so he can avoid entering 'his little own fantasy world', according to club legend Paul Scholes.
Pogba, 26, has endured an erratic spell at Old Trafford since returning to the club for a then world-record fee from Juventus in 2016 - with a tumultuous spell under Jose Mourinho to being included in the PFA Team of the Year this season after an impressive spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
However, his form has once again come under the microscope with the Red Devils securing just one win from eight games across all competitons.
Speaking to Premier League Productions, former United midfielder Scholes admits that the club can't afford to see him leave again - despite the frustrations.
"There's confusion in midfield. Is Pogba going to stay or go?" Scholes said. "In years gone by, United have lost top players and it didn't really affect them.
"You think of Roy Keane going, David Beckham, Cristiano [Ronaldo] going, [Ruud] van Nistelrooy. All top, top players leaving the club. But you always had a squad of players that it didn't really matter, you didn't really miss them that much."
Scholes added that Solskjaer may need a player like former captain Keane beside Pogba to get the best out of him: "We all know Paul, we talk about potential, but he's 26 years of age, he's got to start producing it week in week out.
"You're going to be losing a player who you know can be world class. He could be a player who needs a Bryan Robson or a Roy Keane next to him just to give him a little rollicking every now and then.
"If he doesn't get that he just carries on in his own little fantasy world, thinking he's the best."