Fan criticism of Paul Pogba doesn’t make sense

Ralf Rangnick says it “makes no sense” for Manchester United fans to criticize Paul Pogba after the midfielder was booed at Old Trafford.

Rangnick’s decision to replace Pogba in the second half of the 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday was first met with cheers from the fans before they turned into boos as he walked away. There were chants of “fk off Pogba”.

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The 29-year-old received another hostile reception at the final whistle as he appeared to be straining towards Stretford End.

“I haven’t heard it myself to be honest, we were talking about it with my staff in the locker room,” Rangnick said when asked about the fans’ response to Pogba.

“I think the fans here are amazing, really. The support in the stadium today was brilliant, it couldn’t have been better.

“I can understand if the fans are frustrated and disappointed, so are we. I don’t think it makes sense to go up against and target an individual person or player. It’s a collective responsibility. doesn’t make sense and that’s why I will always defend and protect my players.

“By the way, I think Paul in the first half in possession of the ball did well.”

Rangnick was also asked during his post-match press conference about the video circulating on social media of Pogba, who is out of contract this summer, holding his ear as he walked through the tunnel at full-time.

“I didn’t see it, I heard that,” he added. “It was probably his reaction to the chants of the fans. Like I said, I can understand fans and supporters in a certain way, but it doesn’t make sense to go up against individual players.”

United had Cristiano Ronaldo to thank for their narrow win over Norwich after the 37-year-old netted his 60th career hat-trick.

The result means Rangnick’s side are three points clear of the top four after defeats to Tottenham and Arsenal, but the caretaker manager was not optimistic about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. next season with trips to Liverpool and Arsenal next week.

“Everyone saw today’s game, we all know which team we’re up against on Tuesday,” Rangnick said.

“They could have the chance to win four trophies. If we play like we played today, it will be very, very difficult to get even a point from this game; that’s what we have to be realistically aware.

“We have to raise our own level and our standard. We have to be realistic, we have to play a lot better if Liverpool are in possession of the ball than we did today.”