- Paul Pogba went public with criticism of his team’s strategy on Saturday
- The midfielder talks to the BBC after Manchester United’s defeat at Leicester City
- Rio Ferdinand insists the Frenchman’s anger ‘did not sit well’ with him
Rio Ferdinand has admitted he ‘wouldn’t be happy’ with Paul Pogba and his recent public outrage if he were his teammate.
The former United captain, however, insisted that Pogba could not easily contain the ‘inherent frustration’ within the Manchester United team amid his faltering form.
The Frenchman spoke candidly in a post-match interview after Manchester United’s 4-2 loss at Leicester City. Speaking to the BBC after his loss at King Power Stadium – his second of the season in the Premier League – the France star insisted his blow was deserved, pointing to tactical issues.
Paul Pogba appears to question strategy after Manchester United defeat by Leicester
‘We didn’t find the problem,’ he said, accepting easy targets, stupid goals.
‘We need to be more mature, have more experience and play well with ego. We need to find something, we need to change.
‘We need to find the right mindset and the right strategy. Stick with it and solve the problem.
The mention of strategy appears to be a direct message to boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has seen pressure this season with several eyebrow-raising results.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure after some disappointing results this season
Despite the obvious issues, however, former Red Devils captain Ferdinand admitted that Pogba’s approach made him feel uncomfortable.
‘It doesn’t sit well with me when I see it,’ he said on his Five podcast.
‘I’d be honest if I was in a changing room and a teammate said [that] I wouldn’t be happy.
‘I would directly ask him what does he mean, what does it mean? Unless I really agreed with him… but I think Pogba is an honest guy, that’s what I love about him.
Rio Ferdinand admits he didn’t like Pogba’s comments publicly
‘He’s so emotional, he wants to win. He tells me that there is a desperation, there is an inherent frustration within the camp. He’s not hiding it, he can’t hide it.
‘Usually you get fake standard answers [in post-match interviews] But there he said some things which raise questions.
United are currently ranked sixth in the Premier League, five points behind top-placed Chelsea.
In their last seven matches, United have drawn at home to Everton, lost to Leicester in the Champions League, Aston Villa, Young Boys and West Ham in the Carabao Cup, and after their opponents West Ham were in the depths of injury time. and beat West Ham. Missed a penalty with the last kick of the match.
They resume their Champions League campaign on Wednesday evening when they welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford.