The 24-year-old, ever since arriving for a world record £89m fee last summer, has been chastised by various sections of the media for supposedly not living up to his steep price tag.
But Pogba’s influence at Old Trafford this season has been clear, and he received the last laugh by starring during Man United’s 2-0 Europa League final win over Ajax that led to him being named as WhoScored’s Player of the the Tournament.
And Robson, speaking to the club’s official website, was adamant that the Frenchman didn’t deserve the criticism he received last season.
“The media are always trying to criticise Paul,” he noted.
“To a certain degree, that’s because of the transfer fee and not because of the player. But when I look at Pogba, he has come into the club and improved us in that area. He has got certain things our other midfield players haven’t got.”
“Paul is not really appreciated by certain sections of the media but when he’s not in the team, I think he’s missed. With the confidence of winning three trophies, I think he will go on and have an even better campaign next season.”
You only need to watch about five minutes of trips to Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton to realise just how vital Pogba has been – and will continue to be – to Jose Mourinho since arriving last August.
Without him, United’s midfield lacks a clear sense of purpose, seemingly bogged down by a lack of forward momentum and power. What Pogba offers, in turn, is a rapid, powerful dynamic that always looks forward. Mourinho emphasis this summer surely has to revolve around securing players that match his world record signing’s sheer presence on the pitch.