Former Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has leaped into the defence of Paul Pogba in the wake of increased criticism over his performances. The midfielder recently bagged the winner for France in the 2-1 win over Australia in their World Cup opener.
Speaking on BeinSPORTS, Ibrahimovic was asked about the ongoing criticism regarding Pogba to which he suggested that people may be jealous, he said: “I know him very well. I don’t read a lot of media but I see a lot of critics against him. Obviously when you make so much money as he does, if you cost so much money, people will criticise you out of jealousy, out of just having an opinion.”
Whilst Pogba’s price tag is certainly one of the reasons behind the regular focus, the midfielder has also been guilty of straying passes and making unnecessary shots. Nevertheless, he is deemed ‘indispensable’ to Didier Deschamps with France and the same applies at United, where he has been a regular under Jose Mourinho.
More often than not, there has been the concern that Pogba does not perform his defensive skills efficiently when compared to joining his forwards in the attack but hopefully, the summer arrival of Fred can sort out this predicament and allow Pogba occupy a free role from the centre of the park.