Manchester United legend Gary Neville has explained why Paul Pogba faces so much criticism while setting up a challenge for the midfielder.
Neville believes the Frenchmanmidfielder merits greater scrutiny because of his status as the best player, and biggest name, in the team. Pogba has been criticized in United’s recent matches, where three of them has seen the club register two draws while suffering a defeat. Words were hurled at the World Cup winner as he missed a penalty which could have turned out to be the match winners as United settled for a 1-1 draw with Wolves. And now Neville believes there is so much pressure for Pogba and has challenged him to become the stand-out player in the league.
“Paul Pogba is now the obsession because he’s the biggest player at the biggest club, he’s a World Cup winner and it should be a compliment that people are talking about it. When I criticized Paul Pogba after the penalty incident at Wolves, I don’t see it as being any different than the criticism of Roy Keane or David Beckham or Wayne Rooney [back when Neville was playing],” he told the Off Ball show
“The best player, the leader, the captain in the team, will stand up and he will take the brunt of the criticism. Just as the manager will and the coach will. It won’t be the assistant coach, it won’t be the left-winger or the right-back or the left-back, it will be the player who is the number one player in the team and that’s never changed.”
“I speak to people, apparently he’s a great lad, he trains well, he’s a really good person – to be fair, I was at the club with him when he was a young lad. So when people criticize him or put the pressure on him or apply the pressure to him, it’s because he’s the best, he’s the shining light. 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.”
United will be up against Leicester City at home after the international break in a Premier League clash.