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Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba when they were Man United teammates.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends message to ex-players who have criticised Pogba

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Paul Pogba is a player that divides opinion among football fans.

Many have questioned both his attitude and performances in a Man United shirt.

Graeme Souness is undoubtedly the most active of his critics while a number of current pundits, including Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, are others who have questioned Ibrahimovic.

That has led to Pogba admitting he feels he is the most criticised player in the world.

"It's funny, I went from being the biggest transfer in the world to the most-criticised player in the world," he said in June, per ESPN. "The critics will always be there. That's football."

Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Manchester United earlier this year but he has still kept up to date with criticism of Pogba.

And he has now sent a quite brutal message to ex-players who have taken the time to heckle the French footballer.

He didn't name any names, but his words were still pretty emphatic nonetheless...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not happy at criticism of Paul Pogba

“I think the thing with Pogba has become an issue that’s a little bit ridiculous," he told FourFourTwo.

“Everybody hangs up on Pogba. Somebody goes through a red light – it’s Pogba’s fault. You get a puncture on a tyre – it’s Pogba’s fault. Something goes wrong – it’s Pogba’s fault.

"All these people talk: I think they just want attention, so they talk. They expect miracles every second.

“They have to relax. They have to look at themselves, especially the ex-players, and ask themselves, ‘What did I do when I played?’ Because they were not much better – I played against them.

"Some were good; some were less good. Excuse my words, but they should all shut up and mind their own business.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says ex-players who have criticised Paul Pogba should 'shut up'

"They get paid to talk, they get paid to get attention, but you have to talk with facts.

“When it comes to Paul, I think it feels personal. They have to be careful, because when it becomes personal, it’s not professional. They’re two different things.

"When you get paid to do work, you have to be professional, not personal. You leave personal things at home."

Well said, Zlatan. Pogba doesn't deserve the amount of criticism he gets from pundits.

It's good to see a former teammate speak out and give these ex-players a reality check.

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