Danny Higginbotham reckons the criticism aimed at Paul Pogba is unfair as only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo can do things on their own.
Pogba’s second stint at Manchester United appears to be reaching its end following his transfer bombshell in Japan on Sunday. He confessed it’s maybe a good time for him to leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge elsewhere this summer.
The race for Pogba seems set to be a two-way battle between Real Madrid and the Frenchman’s old club Juventus. As things stand, though, a move to Spain appears to be the most likely one.
A summer exit from United may come as somewhat of a relief for Pogba, who has struggled to live up to expectations. Therefore, fans and pundits alike have regularly slammed the 26-year-old for his inconsistent form as the Red Devils fell to a distant sixth-place Premier League finish last season.
But Higginbotham reckons it’s unfair the amount of criticism that’s come Pogba’s way. In fact, the former United defender suggested that a lack of overall quality in the squad is the real reason behind the club’s struggles.
Furthermore, Higginbotham insists only Barcelona’s Messi and Ronaldo of Juventus can carry a team on their backs.
“Obviously what Pogba did and what he said does not look good for United, and the first thing they need to do is sit down with him,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s not helping the situation. But when you look at him as a player, at times I think he’s probably given too much negativity.
“Just look at the top teams in the Premier League at the moment – when you talk about Liverpool it’s about the collective, you talk about [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino and [Mohamed] Salah.
“When you talk about Manchester City you talk about [Kevin] De Bruyne, both [David and Bernado Silva], [Raheem] Sterling and [Sergio] Aguero, and Tottenham the likes of [Harry] Kane, [Dele] Alli, [Christian] Eriksen and [Heung-min] Son.
“Whereas with Manchester United, when something goes wrong, it’s Paul Pogba’s fault.
“That’s the frustration, because you look at the way he plays and at some points he’s given a raw deal.
“Yes, I agree 100 per-cent with a lot of fans about what he’s done at the weekend, it doesn’t help him or endear him to the United supporters.
“But I just think he has been looked at so many times as a negative, when – it doesn’t matter who you are, maybe apart from Messi and Ronaldo – you can’t do it on your own. It’s as simple as that.”