Manchester United boss slams pundits for criticism of star midfielder
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists Paul Pogba deserves more respect from pundits after being heavily criticised for his performance against Chelsea on Monday, per Sky.
The Red Devils were knocked out of the FA Cup by the current Premier League leaders, losing 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Pogba’s performance was put under scrutiny, not for the first time this season.
The France international re-signed for United from Juventus in an £89million deal last summer, having come through the club’s academy, but the astronomical fee has only put him under more pressure to perform this season.
Mourinho, though, says Pogba cannot control the finances surrounding his move and it is unfair to use that against him.
“It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money some very good players did in the past,” he said.
“It is not his fault if some pundits are in real trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive, while Paul is a multi-millionaire. It is not his fault.
“He deserves respect and his family deserves respect. He is a kid that comes from a working family, a family with three boys, and I am sure they need a lot of food around that table every day as they are big giants. I am sure the mum and the dad had to work hard for many, many years for them.
“A kid that came to Manchester as a teenager, that fought for his career here, that was not afraid to move to another country to look for better conditions. He is a kid that reached the top of the world with his work. Nobody gave him anything.
“I am really worried with the previous generations because things are going in such a direction – envy is everywhere and I am very happy with Paul, the club is very happy with Paul and because of his personality he doesn’t give an ass what people say.”
Pogba will face Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, hoping to get the Red Devils into the quarter finals.