Andy Cole slams Graeme Souness of his constant criticism of Paul Pogba

Andy Cole has defended Man Utd's Paul Pogba

Manchester United legend Andy Cole has spoken out on Graeme Souness' constant criticism of Paul Pogba.

The Scotsman has become infamous for repeatedly targeting the French midfielder when on punditry duty with Sky Sports.

Cole has had previous with Souness when he played under the Liverpool legend at Blackburn Rovers.

At the end of the 2003/04 season, Cole reported Souness to the PFA for unfair treatment. He then left Ewood Park that summer.

"My issue with Graeme was back then, Graeme was a bully," Cole told The Beautiful Game Podcast. "And I was basically saying to Graeme 'it doesn't work like that, I have grown up different. Bullying don't work'.

"I took up a challenge against a man I really held no fear to. Graeme is old-fashioned, he's very old-fashioned and he's very set in his way.

"He was an unbelievable midfield player back in his day, but when a man is set in his way with the way he used to play and the way his team-mates used to play, he looks at the game totally different to what it is now. And that is him."

Cole believes Souness' views on the modern game stem from his old-fashioned perspective and he's also explained his frustration at the Scotsman's treatment of Pogba.

"When he talks about Pogba, I get frustrated," Cole said. 'I am one of Paul Pogba's biggest fans and when people constantly have a go at him, I am disappointed.

Pogba in action with United

"Yeah he hasn't played as well as he would have liked but a man won't win the World Cup unless he can play the game. He's got every attribute.

"I hope he stays at United for many years to come and proves to individuals who speak about him in that tone what he is all about. He is a quality player and whatever Graeme has got against Paul, only Graeme can answer that question.

"Not every player can play like Graeme Souness but not every player can play like Pogba."

Don't worry, Andy. You're not the only one to be left a tad bemused by Souness' constant Pogba bashing.

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