Danny Higginbotham believes Paul Pogba is an unfair magnet for negativity and criticism at Manchester United, despite his recent comments about wanting a ‘new challenge’ this summer.
Pogba is already in many supporters’ bad books after an inconsistent season, but he angered many more United fans this weekend by publicly courting a possible move away from Old Trafford.
Pogba has been widely slammed for his comments and his apparent lack of respect for United.
And while Higginbotham admits the midfielder has done himself no favours, he believes people are too quick to criticise and judge the World Cup winning star.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the talkSPORT pundit and former defender said: “Obviously what Pogba did and what he said does not look good for United, and the first thing they need to do is sit down with him. He’s not helping the situation.
“But when you look at him as a player, at times I think he’s probably given too much negativity.
“Just look at the top teams in the Premier League at the moment – when you talk about Liverpool it’s about the collective, you talk about Mane, Firmnio and Salah, when you talk about Manchester City you talk about De Bruyne, both [David and Bernado Silva], Sterling and Aguero, and Tottenham the likes of Kane, Alli, Eriksen and Son.
“Whereas with Manchester United, when something goes wrong, it’s Paul Pogba’s fault.
“That’s the frustration, because you look at the way he plays and at some points he’s given a raw deal.
“Yes, I agree 100 per cent with a lot of fans about what he’s done at the weekend, it doesn’t help him or endear him to the United supporters.
“But I just think he has been looked at so many times as a negative, when – it doesn’t matter who you are, maybe apart from Messi and Ronaldo – you can’t do it on your own. It’s a simple as that.”