After Manchester United’s narrow win over Norwich City on Saturday, a number of Old Trafford fans were angry at Paul Pogba. In response, the French midfielder closed his ear and teased the fans.
Pogba’s contract with Manchester United expires at the end of the season and he is expected to continue this summer, sparking frustration for fans. There is also the belief that he has never lived up to his expectations since returning to Juventus for a club-record fee of 94.5 million pounds fee.
Fans chanted Pogba “f *** off” when Marcus Rashford was brought to his place in the second half, points 2-2 at the time.
But Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has spoken out in defense of the 29-year-old, stressing that the actions of the club’s fans are meaningless, instead of wishing they supported the club and the players.
“The fans are amazing and I understand them are disappointed and disappointed,” Rangnick said. “But I don’t think it makes sense to take any person or player.
“It is everyone’s responsibility so I will always protect my players and protect them.
“It was his reaction to sing during the match. Like I said, I understand the fans in a certain way but I don’t think it makes sense to take one player.
“I thought Paul did well during the game. No.8 is not his best position, but we didn’t have Fred or Scotty [McTominay] so I had to make a decision.”
Pogba has been instrumental this season, as injuries and a lack of form have resulted in him playing just 26 games for United in all competitions, in which he has scored one goal and assisted nine.