French midfielder Paul Pogba on Tuesday expressed his surprise at the criticism he always receives, despite his absence from most of the season due to injury.
The 27-year-old was restricted to only 8 games this season with his Manchester United team due to a repeated ankle injury.Former Liverpool and Scottish captain and coach Graham Souness has been one of Pugba’s most outspoken critics since returning to United in 2016 from Juventus, Italy for a record sum of 89 million pounds ($ 112 million).
The French replied that he did not know who Sonis was, and he said to Manchester United’s official podcast: “I didn’t even know who he was, really, I heard he was a great player and something like that, I know the face but (not) the name.”
He added: “As I said, I am not someone who watches a lot of them (soccer analysts), I watch a lot of football, but I do not stay after the match to listen to what they say, I like to focus on football.”
Souness (66 years) is considered one of the prominent players in the English stadiums in the seventies and eighties of the last century, as he won with Liverpool the European Clubs Cup (Champions League in its previous form) 3 times (1977-1978, 1980-1981 and 1983-1984) and the domestic league five times. (1978-1979, 1979-1980, 1981-1982, 1982-1983 and 1983-1984) His training career also featured several titles with the Scottish Rangers, Liverpool and Galatasaray clubs.
“I am so happy (his career and fame),” said the former Scotland national footballer, “Pogba.” I put your medals on the table, and I have a big table. ”
Pogba did not return to Old Trafford according to expectations, despite winning the team in the European League (Europa League) and the League Cup in its first season under the leadership of Portuguese Jose Mourinho.
The next two seasons were bad, which resulted in the dismissal of the Portuguese in December 2018.
After a short series of successful matches at the beginning of the period when Norwegian Oli Gunnar Solskjaer assumed responsibility for training the “Red Devils”, Pogba suffered a decline in his form and fitness.
The winning player with “Duke” of the 2018 World Cup in Russia considered that the criticisms leveled against him, especially in the absence of most of this season, are unjustified, explaining: “It is good to hear good things instead of bad things, but when you play football You know yourself, it’s all about what your coach and team mates want, and the rest is just talk.
He added: “I think they (the critics and analysts) are missing me, I don’t know? I am not someone who always follows Sky Sports News, when you know football, you don’t need anyone to tell you what is happening.”
He continued, “Maybe I will meet them one day and ask them because I really want to know, why?”