Manchester United’s all-time appearance maker Ryan Giggs have defended the impact of Paul Pogba after the French international’s mixed first season proper at Old Trafford. Pogba, who rejoined the team he left in 2012 for £89m has scored seven goals this term, but has faced criticism for some less-than influential performances during his first full year in the top flight of English football.
In quotes carried by the Manchester Evening News, Giggs said: “I have never seen a 23-year-old midfield player dominate games for a whole season,” he said. So, the £90 million that they paid is what obviously people focus on and what people talk about. He will become a brilliant midfielder; there is no doubt in that.
“I think he scored seven or eight goals, again, not many midfielders at 23 will do that… but because he cost so much, he is compared with that price tag when actually, he has done okay this season. Okay, not brilliant but not really bad. So yeah, I think a lot people should cut him a bit of slack.”