“He can say what he wants”: Paul Pogba responds to Roy Keane criticism
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has insisted that he isn’t bothered by the criticism directed at him by former Red Devils midfielder Roy Keane.
The Irishman branded Pogba a “big problem” ahead of last week’s Manchester derby, which United lost 2-0 just three days after being thrashed 4-0 by Everton.
However, the Frenchman brushed off the comments in an interview with RMC (opens in new tab).
“There's no problem,” he said.
"They're paid to say things in front of the camera. I'm just focused on what happens on the pitch.
"They can say what they want, they're paid for that. I'm not paid to speak. I'm paid to be on the pitch and to fight for my team. That's all."
Pogba publicly apologised to fans after the humbling defeat at Goodison Park, but Keane wasn’t having it.
He told Sky Sports: "I wouldn't believe a word he says. There's no meaning, no meaning behind it.
“I don't even think he believed what he was saying there. He is a big problem, no doubt about it.
"You've got to run back when you're defending. He said it got a bit heated after the game against Everton; I heard they were actually throwing their hair gel at each other."
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.