Bryan Robson defends Paul Pogba

Believes transfer fee affects media’s viewpoint on player

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Paul Pogba of Manchester United warms up prior to the Premier League match between Manchester United and Southampton at Old Trafford on August 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson expressed his belief to the club’s official website that he feels Paul Pogba has been unfairly treated during his tenure with the Premier League club. He particularly pointed at the constant criticism that the media has heaped on the Frenchman of Guinean descent. Robson also talked about why he feels so much criticism has been leveled towards Pogba:

“To a certain degree, that’s because of the transfer fee and not because of the player.” Pogba’s play has been dissected and analyzed all the way through since Manchester United paid a record 89 million pound transfer fee to get Pogba from Juventus in Serie A.

Robson believes that Pogba doesn’t deserve this criticism, saying that

“he has got certain things our other midfield players haven’t got.”

Robson also talked about and praised the decision by Manchester United to offer a one-year extension to 35-year-old Michael Carrick, primarily excited about the experience Carrick provides to the younger players on the club. “He is good for the dressing room and knows what the club is all about. He is a really sensible lad who trains really hard and some of that can rub off on the kids coming through at this moment in time. I’m delighted to see he’s been given another year,” Robson said. Robson has already spent a total of 11 years with Manchester United.

Pogba was recently in the news for expressing public support for his teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is recovering from a knee injury. “He was unlucky and suffered a bad injury but he won three trophies with us. He will always be Zlatan,” Pogba said of Ibrahimovic’s situation, expressing his optimism upon his return. Pogba also praised Ibrahimovic’s leadership on the field athletically as well as in the locker room from a mental standpoint.

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