EASE UP Ex-Premier League manager slams Pogba 'witch-hunt' after Lingard clash video
Kasinda|July. 09, 2019
Phil Brown has defended Paul Pogba and slammed the apparent media ‘witch-hunt’ against the Manchester United midfielder.
However, he believes the World Cup winner should leave Old Trafford this summer as he is ‘causing too much disruption’ at the club.
Pogba has featured regularly in the back pages over the last 12 months, having faced heavy criticism his poor performances on the pitch.
But he has also angered United supporters for his conduct off it, as he has publicly courted a move away from Old Trafford amid links with Real Madrid and Juventus.
The latest controversy surrounding the Frenchman emerged from the Red Devils’ own social media on Monday, with a video on Twitter apparently showing Pogba ‘clashing’ with team-mate Jesse Lingard during their pre-season tour of Australia.
In a video, Pogba appears to step towards the England international before Victor Lindelof grabs hold of the Frenchman, seemingly to diffuse the situation.
But former Hull and Bolton manager Brown insists ‘there is nothing in it’ and the media have fabricated the ‘clash’ between the United stars.
“This is a witch-hunt,” he said on Tuesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast .
“I’ve watched the video and there’s nothing to it.
“Lindelof puts his arm around him to pull him away from a potential spat? They’re just walking through the street!
“The newspapers are just catching the time he’s not smiling.”
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However, Brown – now manager of Indian club Pune City FC – admits he would ‘open the doors and let Pogba go’ due to his conduct on and off the pitch this season, having been far from impressed when he watched him play in person.
“I was at the Manchester United vs Huddersfield game and, as a manager, I thought his performance was nothing short of disgraceful,” he added.
“I just thought his attitude at the time looked awful, but then he showed glimpses of his ability and that’s what he’s all about, he does go through those games where he drifts in and out.
“You see that piece of brilliance and you think, ‘is he worth that £90m price tag’?
“But then, the moment you see the petulance you think, ‘I would drive him to the nearest airport’.
“He’s causing too much disruption.
“He wants to play in Italy, he wants to play in Spain, he wants to get away – I would open the doors and let him go.”