When Paul Pogba arrived at Manchester United for a record-breaking £89 million, there was always going to be a lot of pressure on his young shoulders.
For the first few months, every touch would be analysed and every performance would be dissected as the Frenchman attempts to live up to his hefty price-tag.
That’s exactly what’s happening at the moment at Old Trafford.
After Pogba’s display in the Manchester derby, the 23-year-old was heavily criticised for been fairly anonymous during the 2-1 defeat.
The world’s most expensive player failed to stamp his authority on the titanic clash at the Theatre of Dreams with City dominating large periods of the match to take all three points.
While Pogba may be the most expensive arrival at the club this summer, he probably isn’t the most high-profile.
That mantle goes to Zlatan Ibrahimovic who arrived on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. There was also plenty of pressure on the Swede to impress - despite the absence of a transfer fee - but he’s done just that with five goals in as many games.
The pair appear to have struck up a strong relationship off the pitch and Ibrahimovic has moved to defend the midfielder following the Manchester derby.
Zlatan defends Pogba
”Paul came from a generation that is becoming important in France," he told French TV channel SFR Sport.
"The national team did not win the Euros, unfortunately, but the generation is strong and they will become stronger and Paul is one of them, and with what he has done, he will become even better.
“I did not know Paul before and now I know him personally, he is a boy who works hard, he wants to progress and has a good attitude, but he is still young and all the jealous people talking about him will swallow every word they said about him. Because he will only get better.”
Maybe it’s understandable that rival fans are hoping to see Pogba fail at United with the club spending such a huge fee for a player they allowed to leave on a free transfer four years ago.
However, if are you publicly criticising him, you should take Zlatan’s advice and be prepared to ’swallow every word.’
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