Patrice Evra has joined the array of French names to back Paul Pogba following mass criticism during his first two seasons back at Manchester United.
Pogba returned to England for a then-world record £89m after four-years at Juventus in 2016 but has struggled to live up to expectations to many pundits and fans alike, resulting in constant criticism.
Even French fans have started to jeer Pogba – which has led to the likes of Didier Deschamps, Corentin Tolisso and Antoine Griezmann jumping to his support.
Despite showing occasional signs of his true potential, Pogba has performed inconsistently for Man United but ex-Red Patrice Evra has hit out at his fellow Frenchman’s critics.
Speaking as a World Cup pundit on ITV, Evra said: “The expectation with Paul is too high but the statistics for United is actually better than when at Juventus. Because they bought him for £100m people expect him to score three every game. When things go wrong he is always the one criticised. It’s not fair.”
Pogba needs a good World Cup campaign in Russia this summer to silence the critics and go into the 2018-19 campaign with a positive mind-set, and he made a perfect start on Saturday.
The 25-year-old netted France’s winner in the 2-1 Group C opener victory over Australia in Kazan, kicking off the tournament frontrunners’ campaign in style.
It’s doubtful former international team-mates Evra and Pogba will play in the same side again, but the former continues to support the latter – and rightly so.