Bryan Robson leaps to defence of Man United star

Bryan Robson says that the criticism of Paul Pogba at Manchester United this season has not been fair

By George Hallam
Paul Pogba
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba Photo: The Sport Review

Bryan Robson has defended Paul Pogba and branded criticism of the midfielder, after United’s stuttering start to the season, ‘unfair’.

Robson made 461 appearances for the Red Devils and scored 99 goals over the course of a 13-year career at Old Trafford.

He has suggested that Pogba takes most of the flack when United do not perform well, and suggested others need to step up and take responsibility for the team’s failings.

“He came through the ranks when the Class of 92 were there,” he told ESPN.

“There is a little bit of unfair criticism for me about Paul.

“Every time Manchester United don’t play well and get a poor result, it always seems to be Paul who gets most of the criticism.

“If I just look at one game this season when we were really poor, our worst game of the season – against Brighton – there were a lot of other players who have to take responsibility. Not just Paul.”

Pogba returned to United in 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89m after he spent four years at Italian giants Juventus.

He joined United’s youth academy in 2009 before being promoted to the first team in 2011 but made just seven first-team appearances in two years before moving to Turin.

His return to Old Trafford has been far from triumphant, as he has struggled to replicate the style of play he developed at Juventus and produced with aplomb this summer as he was one of the key factors in France’s glorious World Cup win in Russia.

His inability to reach these heights at United have led to many questioning his commitment, which have in turn led to much speculation that he may leave to join Barcelona.

Robson has suggested that the reason he is unable to play at the level he can is not just down to his commitment, but as much down to the team he is playing in.

He seems worried about what the intense scrutiny may do to Pogba, and called on his teammates to come out and take their share of the responsibility.

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