Ian Wright urges Man United fans to have patience with Paul Pogba

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As each game passes by, the Paul Pogba haters appear to grow in numbers.

The £89 million signing has struggled to have the impact Jose Mourinho and many Manchester United fans were expecting to see after he returned from Juventus in the summer.

Being the most expensive player in the world can prove a heavy burden, particularly for someone who is still just 23-years-old.

And while Pogba hasn't been the only Man United star to underperform for Mourinho so far this season, he has taken the brunt of criticism for not proving his worth after nine Premier League games.

But the French international has been given a vote of confidence from an unlikely source - Ian Wright.

The ex-Arsenal hero has admitted he understands the fans' frustration with Pogba's progress but thinks their patience will be rewarded.

"Paul Pogba is a top-class player, no question," Wright wrote in his column for The Sun.

"He showed it in some of his early games for Manchester United, like his debut against Southampton.

"But since then, he has not stood out often enough and you can forgive United supporters if they expected a little bit more.

"Yes, he got two goals against Fenerbahce, but what about the big games against Liverpool and Chelsea? You want your top players to show up on those occasions.

"There’s no way I would look to leave Pogba out, though."

Wright, who played for the Red Devils' big rivals between 1991-98, even drew similarities with a major signing his own club made in 2013.

He thinks Mesut Ozil started off in similar fashion when he moved to the Premier League from Real Madrid three years ago.

Wright: "To me, there are similarities to Mesut Ozil when he first arrived at Arsenal and struggled.

"So get players around him to give Pogba the ball, channel the play through him.

"I believe it won’t be long before things click for Pogba and he becomes one of the best players in the league."

"There needs to be a bit of patience with him... but that’s in short supply when you cost £89million. Patience is needed across the board because United are in transition."

Not even the most hardcore Man United fan could argue that Ozil hasn't proven a worthwhile signing for Arsene Wenger so writing off Pogba at this stage could prove futile.

Most have forgotten how he effectively skipped pre-season, which would have been a useful period for Mourinho to work out how to get the best out of his record signing and the rest of the team.

Man United supporters only need to recall Cristiano Ronaldo's difficult first season in England and how good he became to see the value of patience.

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