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Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba (Photo: AFP)
Bryan Robson, a United legend, has come out in defence of the world's most expensive footballer.
Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has backed Paul Pogba to silence his doubters in his second season at the English Premier League club and feels his transfer fee is partly to blame for the intense media pressure that surrounded the Frenchman in his debut season.
"The media are always trying to criticise Paul," Robson was quoted as saying by the club website.
"To a certain degree, that's because of the transfer fee and not because of the player. But when I look at Pogba, he has come into the club and improved us in that area. He has got certain things our other midfield players haven't got,” the former United and England captain said.
"Paul is not really appreciated by certain sections of the media but when he's not in the team, I think he's missed. "With the confidence of winning three trophies, I think he will go on and have an even better campaign next season," the 60-year-old Robson added.
A product of the United academy, Pogba left the club to join Italian side Juventus in search of regular playing time in 2011 on a free transfer. The Frenchman spent four seasons with the Bianconeri, establishing himself as one of the best midfielders in the world and United bought him for €100 million in 2016 as they sought to rebuild their side under Jose Mourinho.
Overall, Pogba made over 50 appearances for United, bagging nine goals and four assists in the 2016-17 season during which United won three trophies but finished a disappointing fifth in the Premier League.
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