Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has explained that his criticism of Paul Pogba is down to the fact the Frenchman is the club’s best player.
Bryan Robson was the Red Devils’ talisman during the 80s when the club were going through a difficult period and he believes that Pogba must be prepared to shoulder the same burden that the United legend had to:
“He’s the Bryan Robson of the 80’s now. United were in trouble, people hung everything on Bryan Robson, everybody now hangs a lot on Paul Pogba.”
“But that’s the pressure that he wants, he wants to be the best player in the world. So now go and show us you’re the best player in the world.”
“Carry this team, which is young, inexperienced, hasn’t got the most know-how, needs leaders and characters on the pitch.”
Despite the criticism levelled at Pogba by numerous pundits, the 26-year-old is a key player for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has played the full 90 minutes in all four of United’s Premier League games so far this season.
The midfielder did, however, pick up an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw against Southampton last weekend, and had to pull out of international duty for France.
Pogba is, though, expected to be back in contention after the international break when United host Leicester City at Old Trafford on 14th September.