Paul Pogba: I didn’t even know who Graeme Souness was

Pundit has been a long-term critic of midfielder since his move to Man United

Paul Pogba says he didn’t know who long-term critic Graeme Souness was. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Paul Pogba says he didn’t know who long-term critic Graeme Souness was. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

 

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has claimed he did not know who his long-term critic Graeme Souness was.

Pogba has been a regular target for Souness in the Scot’s role as a Sky Sports pundit, with the France international’s attitude often questioned.

The 27-year-old, whose season has been restricted to just eight appearances due to injury, said he takes little notice of the criticism and did not know who the former Liverpool midfielder was.

“I didn’t even know who he was, really,” Pogba told the United podcast. “I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I know the face but [not] the name.

“Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of [punditry], I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about why they did this, or why they did that. I like to focus on football.”

Souness — who won three European Cups, five league titles and three League Cups while with Liverpool — responded to Pogba on Sky Sports News on Tuesday morning.

He said: “I’m happy with that. The oldest football in saying comes to mind: ‘Put your medals on the table’. I’ve got a big table.”

Pogba, a World Cup winner with France, has not played since St Stephen’s Day having suffered a setback following foot surgery, but that has not stopped him being a topical subject for the media.

The former Juventus midfielder has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford whenever the transfer window reopens and is often asked about his future at press conferences, despite his long-term injury.

Pogba takes it all on the chin for now, but admits maybe he would like to meet the people that are so critical of him.

“I guess they miss me, I don’t know? I’m not someone that looks always at Sky Sports News,” Pogba said of the continued attention on him.

“After the games, when I watch it again I watch the game, not the comments. When you know football, you don’t need someone to tell you what’s happening.”

“One day maybe I will meet them [the critics] and ask them because I really want to know why. I am doing my recovery, I can be somewhere else and I hear something but I’m just doing my recovery, you know?

“If they want to speak they are allowed to speak, it’s their job to speak. I am used to it now. I am really used to it, it doesn’t bother me.

“It’s good to hear good stuff instead of bad stuff but when you play football, you know yourself. It’s what your manager and team-mates want, the rest is just talk. It’s selling stuff I think.”

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.