Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Paul Pogba’s remarks after the defeat to Leicester at the weekend are unlikely to be appreciated by his teammates.
While the BT Sport pundit says he admires Pogba’s honesty, he feels the Frenchman’s decision to air his concerns about the team in public won’t have gone down well in the dressing room:
“I don’t know – it doesn’t sit well with me when I see that. I’ll be honest, if I was in a changing room and a teammate said I wouldn’t be happy. I’d be straight in asking him what he meant, what does this mean? Unless I actually agreed with him, but I just think Pogba is an honest guy – that’s what I like about him.”
“He’s very passionate – he wants to win. That says to me that there’s a frustration, an underlying frustration within the camp there. He’s not hiding it – he can’t hide it. Normally you get bog-standard answers [in post-match interviews], but there he said a few things that pose questions.”
It’s a difficult one. Pogba was asked a direct question in a post-match interview, and he decided to respond with a direct answer, so he shouldn’t be criticised for doing that.
However, the 28-year-old was one of the poorest performers on the pitch on Saturday so it probably wasn’t that wise to have a go at the team’s mentality.
There is now big pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following recent results and it will be hoped they can start to turn things around with a result against Atalanta tomorrow night.