Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic says his old teammate Paul Pogba “will become better” after helping France to World Cup glory in Russia, reports Goal. The 25-year-old has come in for a lot of criticism since moving to United from Juventus in 2016, but he confounded his critics by turning in fantastic performances in the knockouts rounds of the World Cup and starred as Les Blues thrashed Croatia in the final.
Ibrahimovic played alongside Pogba for nearly two years and believes the central midfielder has finally shut-up the nay-sayers due to his antics for the national team. He said: “I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do. They judge but I think the result speaks for itself.
“You don’t need to answer by your mouth, you can answer by your feet, and do what you are good at. That is the way it is supposed to be and the way I like to do it. He is young. He won the World Cup, he was in the Champions League final (with Juventus), the Europa League final (with United), the European (Championship) final (with France) and won many titles at Juventus. What more is there to say? Just enjoy the games and I know he will become better.”
Pogba has quite the CV already. After leaving United to join Juventus in 2012, he went on to win four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italias and reached the final of the Champions League in 2014/15. He returned to Old Trafford in 2016, not long after reaching the final of the European Championships and won the Europa League and League Cup in his debut season. Pogba won the World Cup with France a year later.
With Ibrahimovic believing the box-to-box player can still improve is good news for Manchester United supporters. Pogba’s form at club level since leaving Juventus has left a lot to be desired, but he should be full of confidence after his many standout showings for his country.