Paul Pogba has hit back at the pundits and fans putting the tough start to his second stint at Manchester United down to regular changes of hairstyles.
Pogba returned to Man United with high expectations in 2016 after four impressive years at Juventus but inconsistent performances across his two seasons at the club has resulted in mass criticism.
United legend Gary Neville has been one of the many pundits to express their disappointment at the Frenchman’s impact and suggest that his failure to impress is to do wrong priorities.
Pogba’s exotic choices of hair whilst struggling to perform on the pitch has sparked popular debate over the 25-year-old attitude an commitment to improve, but Pogba has insisted it doesn’t bother him.
”I don’t really listen. Football is not about the appearance of the player. It’s all about the pitch. I respect everyone’s opinion. If [Gary Neville] doesn’t like my hair, he doesn’t have to look at it. That’s it!
“It’s not like I spend more time having one haircut or 10 haircut more will make me play better or worse. People judge me more because of the outside football, which has nothing to do with football.”
He’ll be hoping to enjoy a strong World Cup campaign in Russia this summer ahead of the 2018-19 season, where it could be do or die in terms of faith Jose Mourinho is willing to show him.
It’s no secret that Pogba needs to start living up to his price tag – that seems to be the only way critics will go back into hiding.