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Stam wants Pogba to stay and fight for his place at United

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United legend Jaap Stam has urged Paul Pogba to wave off unnecessary criticism and prove doubters wrong by remaining at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba should aim to fight for a spot at Manchester United to send a message to his critics, according to Jaap Stam

The 27-year-old has failed to live up to his reputation and has often been criticized as ‘trying to be bigger than the club’.

Pogba has made only seven league appearances this season, spending the majority of it out injured on the sidelines.

The Frenchman continues to be linked with an exit from Manchester, but former defender Stam wants him to stay at United and fight for his place.

“I would love to see Paul stay because I think he’s a quality player,” Stam told Goal in an exclusive interview.

“People expect a lot from him and there’s a lot of criticism towards him. Sometimes you can say that’s fair but other times the criticism he gets is not correct.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen, of course. He needs to get fit first but I would be happy if he did stay and played another season.

Stam added that the arrival of Fernandes and the prospect of him playing alongside Pogba is one that looks promising.

“Pogba is a player who is creative, who wants to play a little bit in his own way, and sometimes you need to give him that little bit of freedom.

“If you look at Fernandes, Pogba and McTominay, I think those three together in midfield could be very interesting.

“Fernandes could play at No.10 and Pogba could play as one of the two sitting midfield players.

“Pogba has the legs to run from box to box, so if he can do that it will give him more of the freedom he wants to play. I think it would be very interesting.”