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Paul Pogba's Former Manchester United Teammate Believes the Frenchman is Unfairly Judged for His Lifestyle

Mudeet Arora
Henrikh Mkhitaryan comes to Pogba's defence over criticism
Henrikh Mkhitaryan comes to Pogba's defence over criticism / Gareth Copley/Getty Images

AS Roma midfielder Henrikh Mkhitarayan believes that Paul Pogba is unfairly judged by the media and pundits alike and has urged people to rather criticise him if he comes up with bad performances, but not for his hairstyle.

Pogba has been subject to loads of criticism over his lifestyle off the pitch which leads to suggestions that the French midfielder has not done much to justify his £89m transfer to Manchester United in 2016.

Mkhitaryan, who played with Pogba at United has a different opinion on the Frenchman as he jumped to his former teammate's defence ahead of United's clash with AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

The former United playmaker told The Athletic, “It doesn’t matter if you are Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba or someone else, they will see something in you, small details to criticise."

Mkhitaryan added, "When Paul was playing everyone was criticising him for his hairstyle. I don’t think that has something to do with football, that’s his personal life. If he plays bad, criticise him for his bad performance, not his hairstyle. That’s not good. It has nothing to do with football."

The Armenian maestro then specified, "You have to be in the team, you have to see the way he trains, the way he thinks, the way he suffers and then say if he played good or he played bad."

On being asked if he still keeps in touch with his former United teammates, Mkhitaryan said, "Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford, Eric Bailly. We send each other messages, I wouldn’t say every day or every month but we do when there’s an opportunity. There’s always a reason to congratulate each other."

Finally, the midfielder looked back at his time at United and concluded, "What I want to say is that I had a hard time but after the first two or three months there, I had a very good time. I won three trophies with the club, which was amazing. You know, some players have been playing in Manchester for ages but they haven’t won anything."