Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay believes his club teammate Paul Pogba is ‘misunderstood’.
Pogba has been plagued by injuries in the last year and has seen his playing time reduced until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the current campaign.
The Frenchman will have just one year remaining on his United contract in the summer and openly flirted with the prospect of joining Real Madrid during the October international break.
Pogba was heavily criticised for his comments earlier this month while on international duty, describing playing in the national team as a ‘breath of fresh air’ but was not critical of United.
McTominay waxed lyrical about his teammate and believes people have the wrong impression of the World Cup winner.
“I remember watching Pogba at Juventus when I was in the reserves at United,” he told Pro Direct Soccer.
“I was like ‘this guy is ridiculous’.
“People don’t know him. People don’t. They don’t know him for who he is. He is very misunderstood, in my opinion, for the way he is, his personality and what he brings the team.
“Obviously he can have a bad game, everyone can have a bad game but because it’s Paul Pogba it’s magnified to a different level.
“When he plays well, he’s up there with the very best. Top class.”
Both Pogba and McTominay are doubts for United’s trip to Southampton on Sunday. Pogba was absent from the wins over West Brom and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Neither trained on Friday and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed they are unlikely to feature.
He said: “Scott and Paul didn’t train this morning. They weren’t on the grass, so look very unlikely for the weekend.”