Zlatan defends Pogba against critics

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hit back at critics of his former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba.

Zlatan, who is currently plying his trade in the MLS with LA Galaxy, is no stranger to criticism having had to put up with huge amounts of it – especially during his early career – reckons people are simply jealous of the France international midfielder.

Pogba rejoined Manchester United in the summer of 2016 for a World Record £89 million from Juventus, although he has struggled for consistency at Old Trafford, with superb performances quite regularly followed up by poor showings.

Zlatan however, has praised 25-year-old Pogba for what he has already achieved in his career. The former Sweden international striker also hailed the United man’s professionalism and believes the best is yet to come from the talented midfielder.

“I know him very well. I don’t read a lot of media but I see a lot of critics against him.’’ He told beIN SPORTS.

“Obviously when you make so much money as he does, if you cost so much money, people will criticise you out of jealousy, out of just having an opinion.

“But if I look at the midfielders in that team, he wanted it more [than the rest put together]. Maybe [Blaise] Matuidi can open his mouth and say what he wants, but the rest cannot say nothing.

“He played in a European final, UEFA Cup final, and he’s won trophies. And he’s still young and he’s still improving.

“If you want to talk, you talk about the other ones who didn’t win. He won. He is doing his job and he’s getting better and he’s becoming more mature.

“Expectations are high, obviously, because we know how good he is.

“But as I know him personally, he works very hard, he’s very professional, he wants always to improve and when I see all this criticism from everyone it’s all jealously because he makes more money than them.”

Pogba scored a lucky winner to secure France a 2-1 victory in Les Blues opening World Cup fixture on Saturday and putting in some big performances for his Country this summer in Russia will certainly go along way to silencing his critics.

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