Paul Pogba slammed for “disrespecting” Man Utd and “rocking the boat”
Alan Brazil has slammed Paul Pogba for disrespecting Manchester United.
The talkSPORT host and former United striker struggled for the Red Devils during two seasons at Old Trafford in the mid-1980s after moving from Tottenham.
But Brazil acknowledges it was a great honour to pull on United’s shirt – and believes it’s disgraceful the way Pogba has treated them with disdain in allowing his agent Mino Raiola to make constant references to a “dream” move to Real Madrid.
Pogba, 27, is no longer the star turn in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, with Bruno Fernandes the new midfield darling of United fans and Marcus Rashford showing class on the pitch and humility off it with his school-meals campaign.
And although United triggered a one-year contract extension that ties the French World Cup winner to the club until the summer of 2022, Brazil would ditch Pogba in a flash.
“I’d drive him to the airport and put him on the plane myself,” said Brazil, who reckons Pogba’s time at Old Trafford is done.
Pogba played his part in United’s 5-0 Champions League demolition of RB Leipzig in midweek. But Brazil insists the Frenchman – signed for £8 million from Juventus in 2016 – needs to move on.
“Some moves aren’t always a success, I know that from my time at United where it didn’t really work out,” said the Scot.
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“But what I cannot accept is Pogba disrespecting a club like United. I look back on my time there and recognise it was a privilege to play for them even when things weren’t going well.
“But he’s rocked the boat by talking up a move to Madrid when he should be trying to make his time at Old Trafford work.
“I’d drive him to Manchester Airport myself. It’s not worked out, he’s not been consistent enough, but I’d wish him the best and say ‘go and show us what a great player you are.’
“He’s not done nearly enough to justify his price tag and hasn’t helped Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when his manager really needed him to perform.
“I don’t think the club are helping Ole either with the Pogba situation. I don’t care what anyone says about how good he is and that he’s a World Cup winner – for me he’s shown the club contempt with his behaviour.
“The problem now is that the pandemic has wrecked the finances of even the biggest clubs and now the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus can’t afford him. Maybe his best option is moving to Paris Saint-Germain.”
Brazil knows a thoroughbred when he sees one – and he believes Pogba should have taken his lead from United legend Bryan Robson.
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“When you think of the great players the club have had – like Robson, who I played with – Pogba’s not in the same league,” he said of the former England skipper, who played at Old Trafford from 1981 to 1994
“Robbo was a true captain, a fierce competitor, and someone who would never lie down. If you weren’t at it he would be screaming in your face, saying: ‘This is crap, this is not good enough, we are better than this.’
“For me Robson was just a magnificent footballer and he deserved that Captain Marvel tag all day long
“I played with so many greats, like Ossie Ardiles, Glenn Hoddle and Kenny Dalglish, who could all affect a game, but Robson’s mentality was on a different level. What a guy – on and off the pitch.”
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