Former Scotland manager Gordan Strachan has become the latest of a long line of pundits to slam Paul Pogba for his use of social media.
The Frenchman has been subject to widespread criticism following his poor display in midfield during Manchester United’s defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion.
He admitted after the game that his attitude wasn’t good enough, showing responsibility after a terrible collective performance. This hasn’t stopped his agent, Mino Raiola, laying into Paul Scholes for criticising the midfielder’s performance.
And Strachan has jumped on the bandwagon by slamming Pogba for his use of social media.
“I think he has the highest transfer fee, is probably one of the highest earners and he is the captain,” he said.
“I’ll tell you what you do then, you become the personality not on Instagram and not getting your picture taken, you become THE person, all round the club.
“You become the hardest worker, you become the best team-mate you can be, you set a standard that everybody follows. That’s what you do when you’re the captain at Manchester United.
“You’re the best trainer, best player, most highly driven, that’s your responsibility as a captain, but especially at Manchester United. When you are talking about the Messis, Ronaldos, Iniestas, and Silva they get man of the match [awards] on many occasions.
“For that type of personality with what you pay for and the hype, very rarely is Pogba the man of the match, where he takes the game by the scruff of the neck. Even when he’s had a shot at goal, and someone says, ‘well at least he’s trying’, he’s had a shot. They’re clutching at straws looking for things that he does great.”
Perhaps the greatest irony of all is that pundits like Strachan – like Steve McMahon, like Paul Ince, like so many of those B-rate names – would indeed be forgotten entirely if it wasn’t for the platform social media gives them to air these views.
But when Pogba uses it, like literally any footballer in the world, he is apparently a disgrace. That he is being picked out the most following a performance as tactically insipid, from a team the board did not sufficiently improve over the summer, is a sad reflection of these times.