Bruno Fernandes defends teammate Paul Pogba

Bruno Fernandes has defended Man United teammate Paul Pogba adding that critics have forgotten his quality. According to the Portugal international, the France international has been attracting heavy criticism due to the high expectations on him.

“We can say in football that people normally forget what you do good when you have a mistake,” Fernandes told United’s official website. “You can do good for 34 games, and one game you do bad and everyone will remember that.

“Paul is coming from a bad moment, because of the situation. When he played also, the club and the team was not good, because the expectations are high for Paul as he is a top player and Manchester United pay a lot for him, and expectations are a lot for him.

“It’s normal when you are in that situation you don’t play like a superstar, because everyone expects from Paul like they expect from (Cristiano) Ronaldo at Juventus or (Lionel) Messi at Barcelona.

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“Everyone expects this from Paul in Manchester, because they know he has the qualities for this. Also this is confidence in Paul. The team, we have a lot of confidence in Paul.”

Pogba has been largely out of action this term due to foot and ankle problems before the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of footballing activities last month.

“He started training with us in the week before we stopped, so I think when he comes back he will start to play, and be in the team,” Fernandes added.

“I think he has a lot to give, he has a lot of quality, and I think with the positive energy in the club – because we won a lot of games and we are in a good moment – everyone, the supporters and everything, will be more patient with Paul maybe.

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