Paul Pogba admits it hasn’t been pleasant to hear criticism over his form after silencing critics with the perfect response as France beat Netherlands on Monday night.
He been continuously criticised by fans since his £89m record transfer from Juventus as he failed to has live up to the expectations of supporters.
The Frenchman has scored just one goal in eight games after returning to Old Trafford, but answered in perfect fashion with a long-range effort which lead France to a 1-0 victory over Netherlands in a World Cup qualifier in Amsterdam.
Speaking after the game, he discussed the scrutiny surrounding his recent performances.
“It’s weird, it looks like we’re playing for the team Pogba, but this is not the team Pogba,” he said.
“If a big game, we will not talk about individual performances. When you win it all together. And when we lose, it is also all set. I play for the team, it’s always like that.
“It’s true that it’s not always pleasant to hear criticism and bad things about you. But football is like that. I try to stay focused on the field.
“I have the chance to play for my country and I always give 100 per cent.
“It will always be the case. I am a player who tries things, who is trying to create. Maybe I dribble a little too much sometimes. But we grow, we learn. I’m still young, people may forget a little often.”
After being publicly criticised by Didier Deschamps, Pogba would have been delighted to showcase his ability on the main stage once again.
The pressure will cool down for now, but he is yet to find his feet at Old Trafford, with showings against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City after the international break, Mourinho will have to help Pogba settle into his best position and quickly.