Danny Mills launches attack on Man Utd star Paul Pogba and says criticism is his own fault
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is to blame for the criticism he receives, claims former Manchester City and England right-back Danny Mills. Pogba has often been subject of criticism since his then world-record £89million return to United from Juventus in 2016. This season has been no different despite the France star only making seven Premier League appearances due to an ankle injury.
At the weekend, Pogba hit back at Liverpool legend Graeme Souness who has been a regular critic of the 27-year-old.
But now Mills has had his say on Pogba, claiming his social media presence and his change in hairstyles make him an easy target when he does not play well on the pitch.
“Paul Pogba is one of the most active players on social media,” Mills told talkSPORT.
“He will see every time his name is mentioned and what he’s associated with.
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“If you put yourself out there with dyeing your hair, with sponsorship deals and this, that and the other… you are putting yourself out there to be criticised the way he goes on.
“When you have a bad game you’re an easy target. That’s what happens.
“Of course it is. If you go out with your socks around your ankles and you look a bit scruffy and you have a poor game, the first thing any football coach will say is ‘look at him, his attitude is sloppy’.
“That might not be true, but that’s the image you give off.”
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Pogba is repeatedly linked with a move away from United but Mills thinks the midfielder is not focused on football, let alone the Red Devils.
He continued: “So when Pogba’s going out and all he’s talking about is social media and sponsorship deals and all these other things, it looks as though he’s not giving 100 per cent to football.
“That’s what you get judged on. If they are not playing well that is one of the first criticisms that will come to people’s mind.
“If you’re (Brazilian) Ronaldo and you can perform at the very highest level then you can have a silly haircut like he did.
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“He hasn’t played well. He’s not been good enough. It doesn’t give the right impression, that’s the whole point of it.
“If you’re playing well then you can do these things and act in the manner.
“The moment you stop playing well people will use it as a stick to beat you with.
“It’s as simple as that. And it doesn’t matter who you are.
“It doesn’t look like Manchester United is his only focus.”
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