Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has hit back at Graeme Souness following the Liverpool legend’s constant criticism of the World Cup winner. Pogba has not featured much for United this season due to injury.
There has been much speculation the 27-year-old could leave the Red Devils in the summer with Juventus and Real Madrid interested.
Souness has made it clear he thinks Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should let him go as he has not performed as the club need him to.
But Pogba has opened up on what he thinks of the comments and Souness this week.
“I didn’t even know who he was, really,” he told the official United podcast.
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“I didn’t even know who he was. I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I know the face but [not] the name.
“Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of [punditry], I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about ‘Why they did this’ or ‘Why they did that’. I like to focus on football.”
The most recent criticism of Pogba from Souness came in a Q&A with the Sunday Times.
The Scot was asked: “Much has been made of your apparent disdain for Paul Pogba. Is this a misconception? Should you have been his team-mate, what words of advice do you feel that you would have offered him?”
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To which Souness replied: “Pogba has absolutely everything to be a top player – great athleticism, super technique – but his attitude to the game is the polar opposite of mine.
“He goes out with one thought in his mind: ‘I’m going to show everyone how clever I am today and be the star of the show.’
“My attitude, the way I was taught, was: ‘Go out and work harder than the guy you’re in against and see where that takes you.’ He’d be an absolute doddle to play against.”
Pogba has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season for United.
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The midfielder also opened up on his return from injury and cannot wait to get back playing after the coronavirus crisis comes to an end.
“I’m already training and touching the ball,” he said in a podcast recorded last month.
“I’ve been frustrated, a long time ago. Now I’m almost there, so I’m just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything.
“You think bad but I’ve never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way.
“It makes me more hungry to come back and do well. And, yeah, it just shows me as well how much I love football.
“You have to be very patient because, well my injury, I don’t know if people really know what happened.
“So I had a foot injury, which came in the game against Southampton. It was early this season and so I carried this for a long time, training and trying to be playing with it. After I stopped, I found I had a fracture.
“I had a cast on it, a plaster-cast, so it went very well but too well. The bone got bigger and so, when I came back again, I played those two games against Watford and Newcastle, I could feel something again. So I had to have an operation and now here I am.
“I don’t feel anything and, hopefully, I’ll be back very soon.”
This morning speaking on Sky Sports’ The Football Show, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hit out at Pogba’s comments about Souness.
Carragher said: “There’s been a story about Paul Pogba this morning and the interesting thing about it, we’re quite critical of Paul Pogba, but I think when you’re a player you’ve got to be respectful of certain players with certain opinions at different times and at times you’ve got to take that criticism on the chin.
“So to come out and say he’d never heard of Graeme Souness I thought really was below the belt.”
Souness appeared alongside Carragher and responded by boasting about his trophy haul as a player.
“I’m happy with that,” Souness replied.
“The oldest thing in football comes to mind – put your medals on the table.”