While there have been a number of former Manchester United players criticising Paul Pogba, one former Red Devils star feels the criticism aimed at the 2018 World Cup winner is unfair.
The Frenchman has not featured since United's drubbing of Newcastle United on 26 December 2019 after undergoing surgery on his ankle.
Mino Raiola, Pogba's agent, recently that he could get try and get his client a switch to Real Madrid, who have reportedly been long admirers of the midfielder.
There have been talks that United should sell Pogba as Bruno Fernandes has impressed since joining in January, but two-time Premier League winner Dimitar Berbatov feels the Frenchman should stay and play with the Portuguese star.
“Once again there is a lot of talk about Paul Pogba and his future," Berbatov told Betfair.
“He hasn't played for a long time, people are asking questions of him: does he want to play, how long will it take for him to return, when he comes back will he be able to play with Bruno Fernandes, how will he fit into the team - these are all unanswered questions that sooner or later we will find out.
“I want him to stay at United and I want to see him play alongside Fernandes and the team, if not there will always be a team waiting for Pogba, if that is Real Madrid, Juventus or someone else who knows, but he will fit in anywhere.
“The criticism Pogba gets is unfair and he, like some other players, get criticised just for the sake of it, it doesn't matter what he does.
“He is doing everything he can to get fit and to help his team because I have seen first-hand how he used to train with us as a boy, with ambition and the aspiration to be one of the best, so I don't doubt his work ethic and desire to become even better. All he will want to do right now is play football, we are all human beings and as much as you try to avoid it, criticism always gets to you.
“I would like to see Pogba get fit as soon as possible and not get injured again, so that he can do what he does best and we can see him play great football.
“If he was to move, wherever he goes he will be fine.
“He knows that if it isn't working out that there is always a team waiting for him some place else and if he goes he'll play and do well. Look at Romelu Lukaku, I mean what the f*ck? It didn't work out for him at United and now he has been reborn at Inter, how do you explain that?
“It's human nature, sometimes you just don't feel comfortable in one place because the criticism is too much, you close yourself off and don't let people in. You think to yourself: 'It doesn't matter what I do, nobody appreciates it,' then you move and you score 23 goals for your new club.
“One thing I will say about the Real Madrid rumours is, don't forget Zinedine Zidane is manager there and when you have a manager or other players from the same country you always speak and know that you will get on, especially speaking the same language, it makes you feel comfortable and that is not to be underestimated in this situation.”
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