‘I know he will become better’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic backs former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba to improve even further after helping France to World Cup glory
- Paul Pogba played major part as France won the World Cup by beating Croatia
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes that Pogba will continue to improve even further
- Pogba has received much criticism for his performances for Manchester United
Pogba has received a considerable amount of criticism since rejoining United from Juventus in 2016 but he showed what he is capable of at the World Cup as he produced some excellent performances and made a major impact, which included scoring in the 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.
Ibrahimovic feels that by winning the World Cup Pogba has managed to silence his critics.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed his former team-mate Paul Pogba to improve further
Ibrahimovic (right) was team-mates with Pogba (left) at Manchester United with both players having signed for the club in 2016
As reported by goal, Ibrahimovic, now of LA Galaxy, said: ‘I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do.
‘They judge but I think the result speaks for itself.
‘You don’t need to answer by your mouth, you can answer by your feet, and do what you are good at. That is the way it is supposed to be and the way I like to do it.
‘He is young. He won the World Cup, he was in the Champions League final [with Juventus], the Europa League final [with United], the European [Championship] final [with France] – and he won many titles at Juventus.
‘What more is there to say? Just enjoy the games and I know he will become better.’
Pogba celebrates after scoring in France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the World Cup final
United manager Jose Mourinho believes that Pogba’s performances in the latter stages of the World Cup underline his quality.
He said: ‘I hope that he understands why he was very good.
PAUL POGBA’S HONOURS
France: World Cup 2018
Juventus: Serie A: 2012/13, 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16
Coppa Italia: 2014/15, 2015/16
Supercoppa Italiana: 2013, 2015
Manchester United: League Cup: 2016/17
Europa League: 2016/17
‘I think that’s the point about his performance level and his contribution to a winning team – for him to understand why he was so good, especially in the second part of the competition.
‘In the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final he was absolutely brilliant.’
Having experienced glory on the international stage, Pogba will now hope to make a major impact for Manchester United when the new campaign gets underway.
Pogba has shown some tantalising glimpses of his undoubted quality while playing for United, but consistency has often proven difficult to come by.
The 24-year-old has still managed to win trophies with United – he lifted the Europa League and the League Cup in the 2016/17 season – but he will be especially determined to win further honours.