Manchester United Midfielder Paul Pogba has attracted a barrage of reactions from fans and former players after his latest comments regarding his future with the club.
The Frenchman has been told to ‘keep quiet and do the talking on the pitch’ after he said that he still has dreams of playing for La Liga giants Real Madrid.
His comments further fuelled speculations that the United midfielder is still keen on an exit.
Pogba spoke after his French side thrashed Ukraine 7-1 in a friendly match.
“Many things have been said,” Pogba said. “Of course, every footballer would love to play for Real Madrid and would dream about that. It’s a dream of mine, so why not one day?
“But I’m at Manchester United and I love my club. I play for Manchester United, I want to perform well for them and do everything to get them back to where they deserve to be.”
He added: “Every player goes through difficult periods but you have to be strong mentally and we all need to try and get the team back to where it belongs,” Pogba said. “It belongs at the top, fighting for trophies, that’s the club’s ambition. We know it’s not easy, but that remains our objective. We are fighting for that.”
His comments did not sit well with former players, fans and pundits who fired shots at the 27-year-old.
“It’s time that he shuts up and tries to do something on the pitch,” Pundit Jan-Aage Fjortoft said.
Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol was also weighed in on the matter.
“I don’t understand why players are so stupid,” he said.
“Just because someone asked you a question, you don’t have to answer it.
Fans took to twitter to express their views;
So @paulpogba has arguably one of his worst performances in a @ManUtd shirt on Sunday, doesn’t apologise to the fans unlike like a few players. Yet he’s willing to openly talk about @realmadriden being a dream AGAIN. I give up with these lot I swear. #GlazersOutWoodwardOut #mufc
— DJ MattC UKG (@DjMattCUKG) October 9, 2020
— Nicholas (@Nichola57859716) October 9, 2020
Once again we have to listen to your Real Madrid drivel. Please get out of my club, you really are not worth a place on the pitch. Perhaps Christmas can come early for all of us and we see the back of you. Your worth is less than ever, hopefully Ole can drive you to Madrid.
— PBS (@AnSlibhin) October 9, 2020