Manchester United supporters have reacted furiously to a video of Paul Pogba dancing and dabbing as he celebrated France’s World Cup triumph at the Stade de France on Sunday night.
The World Cup winner has angered some supporters with a series of quotes in which he refused to rule out moving to Barcelona in the near future.
He played his first game for France since scoring against Croatia in the World Cup final and was, naturally, in good spirits during the presentation.
Many fans, however, have taken exception to Pogba’s lively antics following a series of public statements which strongly point towards him looking for the Old Trafford exit door.
Everything that is wrong with the modern game! Nothing but an entertainment business now, can you imagine Keane, Scholes or Giggs getting on like this?!
— Gerry Flynn (@GerryFlynn3) September 10, 2018
I can officially say I hate him now
— iZac (@wishIwasa8aller) September 10, 2018
This is a messy situation. For one thing, Pogba is hardly keeping a low profile since he returned from Russia. He could have kept his head down and he hasn’t. And that is happening for a reason. Whether his agent, Mino Raiola, is the man really pulling the strings or not is beside the point: Pogba’s head, either way, is at least somewhat turned by the prospect of a move to Barcelona.
In response, United fans are angry. His attitude, they say, is all wrong. But that is contentious. Sure, he behaves differently – certainly not like Roy Keane or Paul Scholes – but his commitment on the pitch, whilst not always effective, is nonetheless more than enough. He is a driving force in midfield. He was one of United’s best players against Burnley. He is, along with David de Gea, the only player in this squad who you could describe as ‘world class’.
Where his focus and desire really lies is open to question. But what we do know is this: comments like above are only going to push the midfielder further towards the Nou Camp.