Paul Pogba has responded to criticisms he received by Rio Ferdinand and the fans in a press conference before the Anderlecht game, saying “the mountain of the transfer” has led to unrealistic expectations. This was the Frenchman’s first press conference since he returned to Manchester United in the summer for a world record fee of £92 million.
“They judge me for not scoring goals and stuff like this,” Pogba said regarding an increased pressure from the fans. The frustrated United star continued, “I am doing a job. I am a midfield player and people think sometimes I’m an attacking player.” The 23-year-old has scored seven times for the club this season, while hitting the woodwork on nine occasions.
Back in February, former United defender Rio Ferdinand blasted Pogba and teammate Jesse Lingard over the duo’s social media use. When asked about it by reporters, the midfielder explained his life inside and outside the pitch is different. “I love life, I am someone who likes to dance and do things like this,” Pogba said before adding, “It doesn’t affect me on the pitch, to be honest. I can switch on and be focused on the pitch.” He concluded his answer by stating it is now a different generation from Ferdinand’s. “Like he[Ferdinand] said, the time is different – before you wouldn’t do this and now you do it,” the French international said.
United are currently in Brussels to take on a Belgian side Anderlecht tomorrow in a Europa League quarterfinal clash. They will then return home to host Chelsea in a league fixture on Sunday, as the club fights for a spot in next season’s Champions League.