Former-Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright has backed Paul Pogba after the Frenchman was much-maligned for comments about Manchester United’s style of play.
After Jose Mourinho’s side drew 1-1 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in September, Pogba insisted that Man United should “attack, attack, attack” in matches at their Old Trafford home ground.
Many viewed that as a sly criticism of his own manager’s tactics. Soon after the comments were made, Pogba was stripped of the vice-captaincy by Jose Mourinho during a spell of awful results at United.
Ian Wright, who’s now a pundit on the BBC, argued that Pogba’s demand to attack was finally proved correct in United’s epic 3-2 comeback against Newcastle United at the weekend.
“Pogba got slaughtered and dug out for saying ‘attack attack attack’,” Wright said.
“What were they doing against Newcastle? They were attacking, attacking, attacking.
“That’s what they want. And apparently he [Mourinho] listened to them at half-time and they did it.”
While Pogba was right in what he said, it was the fact that he said it as a player of Manchester United that was the issue. Fans, podcast hosts and journalists are allowed to comment on the team’s style of play, but players shouldn’t undermine their own manager.
However, it was brilliant to finally see United attacking against Newcastle and it paid off, with United earning their first win in five games and scoring three times in the second half.