Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has come to the defence of Paul Pogba amid extra criticism of the Manchester United midfielder.
Following the Crimson Devils’ stunning 6-1 defeat by Tottenham at Outdated Trafford final Sunday, Pogba sparked controversy by saying ‘each participant would like to play for Actual Madrid’ whereas on worldwide responsibility with France.
His feedback wouldn’t have served as the most effective antidote for United followers making an attempt to get better from the weekend’s horror present, throughout which Pogba performed the total 90 minutes.
Nonetheless, Townsend insists that whereas the Frenchman’s phrases have been misguided, soccer followers and pundits on this nation are too laborious on him.
The Palace winger lauded Pogba on talkSPORT for taking duty through the Spurs thrashing, when it might’ve been simpler to cover.
“I don’t perceive what occurs when gamers go on worldwide responsibility, each time there appears to be a ridiculous quote from a participant,” stated Townsend on Friday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“I don’t know if it’s misplaced in translation, or they will say extra as a result of they’re away from the membership’s media crew.
“I do know he will get a number of stick, however he’s a high participant. Even watching the sport in opposition to Spurs, sure they’re 6-1 down, sure he didn’t have an excellent sport.
“However while you’re 6-1 down, gamers go lacking – Paul Pogba continues to be courageous to go and get the ball when others are going into their shell.”
Arsenal legend Martin Keown echoes that view, arguing that Pogba will get unfairly singled out for Manchester United’s woeful collective shows.
“He has received the World Cup with France, by the way in which, it is a respectable participant,” Keown instructed talkSPORT.
“He will get criticised by extra former gamers and pundits than some other participant.
“However Manchester United haven’t been adequate as a collective because the season began.”