The midfielder has come in for some criticism for his failure to produce consistent performances for the Red Devils in recent months in what is his and Jose Mourinho’s second season at the club.
However, Pogba went a big way towards answering some of his critics when he produced a brilliant second-half performance and scored two goals to help Manchester United come from two goals down to beat Manchester City on Saturday.
Ferdinand knows Pogba well as the pair were both at the club together during the midfielder’s initial spell at Old Trafford.
And the Red Devils defender had a special message for Pogba as he penned a passionate message on Instagram after the derby win.
Ferdinand wrote about Pogba: “Paul Pogba was the talk before the game and he went on to make sure he was the talk after it (for the reasons he so desperately wants them to be).
“Knowing Paul, he will want to be talked about as a great player but his extravagant hairstyles and dance moves have too often overshadowed his performances.
“Flashy hair and being seen to enjoy every bit of life is just the way Paul Pogba is and that’s his choice so it must be respected. All he has to do is make sure he keeps producing performances & goals like we saw vs City and that will be the conversation with him rather than the other stuff.
“He was let free or had to play in a more advanced role due to the scoreline which allowed him to do what he does best – less defensive responsibility and allowed to attack like he learnt and did at Juve with the results we saw in the second half at City.
“That’s the pressure he puts on himself but one I’m sure he can deal with. ”
Pogba will be expecting to feature for Manchester United when the Red Devils return to Premier League action on Sunday with a home clash against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are currently in second place in the Premier League table as they look to try and finish as runners-up to Manchester City.
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