Paul Pogba says ‘people judge him differently’ as the reacts to the criticism surrounding his world record transfer from Juve to Man United.
The world cup winner has bitterly divided opinions from fans and critics since his £89 million switch from Turin back to Old Trafford.
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) 12 May 2019
It was the world record fee paid for a player back at that time for a player and Pogba thinks he faces severe flack for it regardless of his performances on the pitch.
Paris Saint Germain’s duo of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe has broken the record since but Pogba thinks the pair are far less scrutinised because of their goal scoring exploits.
“Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently,” the 26-year-old said on the LifeTime’s podcast. “They expect more from you because of the price tag.
“A good game would be a normal game. A top game would be a good game.”
He further went on to add: “It’s a big amount. It went down when other transfers came, so it’s fine. I think it’s also because I’m a midfielder.
“People see more strikers because they score goals, so that’s why it made such a big impact. I don’t think [Neymar and Mbappe] get it because they’re strikers.
“I knew it would come with it. I knew there would be a big impact. But I didn’t know it would go so negative. When I signed, I wasn’t used to seeing so many negative comments.
“It was a big change. I was surprised. I didn’t know a price tag would change so much for people.
“Maybe they think I have the money. It’s not me – I don’t have the money. I don’t know [the reason for the criticism]. I wish I knew so I could help them get the answer.”