Paul Pogba ‘can’t hide the frustration in Manchester United’s camp’, insists Rio Ferdinand after midfielder’s public moaning – and former club captain admits he ‘wouldn’t be happy’ with French star if he were his team-mate
- Paul Pogba went public with his criticism of his team’s tactics on Saturday
- The midfielder spoke to the BBC after Manchester United’s loss at Leicester City
- Rio Ferdinand insists that the Frenchman’s outburst ‘didn’t sit well’ with him
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he ‘wouldn’t be happy’ with Paul Pogba and his recent public outburst had he been his team-mate.
United’s former captain also insisted, however, that Pogba simply could not contain the ‘underlying frustration’ within the Manchester United squad amid their faltering form.
The Frenchman spoke candidly in a post-match interview after Manchester United’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. Speaking to the BBC after their loss at the King Power Stadium – their second of the season in the Premier League – the France star insisted that their setback was deserved, pointing to tactical issues.
Paul Pogba appeared to question the tactics after Manchester United’s defeat by Leicester
‘We have not found the problem, conceding easy goals, stupid goals,’ he said.
‘We need to be more mature, play with more experience and arrogance in a good way. We need to find something, we need to change.
‘We need to find the right mentality and the right tactic. Stick with it and resolve the problem.’
The mention of tactics appeared to be a direct message to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has seen the pressure mount on him this season with a number of eyebrow-raising results.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure after some disappointing results this season
Despite the obvious issues, however, former Red Devils captain Ferdinand admitted that Pogba’s approach had left him feeling uneasy.
‘It doesn’t sit well with me when I see that,’ he said on his FIVE podcast.
‘I’ll be honest if I was in a changing room and a team-mate said [that] I wouldn’t be happy.
‘I’d be straight in asking him what he meant, what does this mean? Unless I actually agreed with him… but I just think Pogba is an honest guy, that’s what I like about him.
Rio Ferdinand has admitted that Pogba’s comments in public did not sit well with him
‘He’s very passionate, he wants to win. That says to me that there’s a frustration, an underlying frustration within the camp there. He’s not hiding it, he can’t hide it.
‘Normally you get bog standard answers [in post-match interviews] but there he said a few things that pose questions.’
United are currently sat sixth in the Premier League, five points behind Chelsea in top spot.
In their last seven games United have drawn at home to Everton, lost to Leicester, Aston Villa, Young Boys in the Champions League and West Ham in the Carabao Cup, and beaten Villarreal in the depths of injury time, plus West Ham after their opponents missed a penalty with the last kick of the match.
They resume their Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening when they welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford.