Ian Wright: Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t allow ‘baffling’ Man United star to do this

The former Arsenal striker is critical of Paul Pogba's off-field activity ahead of Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Liverpool

Ian Wright has claimed that Sir Alex Ferguson wouldn’t have permitted Manchester United world-record signing Paul Pogba to indulge in his emojis and haircuts.

The France international was criticised for a disappointing performance in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool after the midfielder took to Instagram ahead of the bitter Premier League clash to reveal his new haircut.

Indeed, Pogba launched his own emoji which was promoted on the advertising hoardings at Old Trafford during the tense 1-1 stalemate as the Frenchman conceded a first-half penalty following a handball in the area.

Ferguson’s intolerance of off-field distractions was renowned during his decorated 26-year reign in charge at Old Trafford which produced a yield of 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns and countless domestic trophies.

Speaking to BBC Sport after Manchester United’s 1-1 stalemate with Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, former Arsenal striker Wright was critical of Pogba’s baffling behaviour in the lead up to the Premier League game.

“I find it baffling with Paul Pogba,” Wright said.

“He’s had this week with the hashtag, the haircut, the emoji. I don’t think that would happen under Sir Alex Ferguson. I think it’s probably built into his contract.”

Pogba moved to Manchester United in an £89m deal from Juventus in August 2016.

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