Fan criticism of Paul Pogba makes no sense
Ralf Rangnick said 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 their 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday was initially greeted with cheers from fans before they turned to boos as he walked away. There were chants of “f — off Pogba”.
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The 29-year-old received another hostile reception at the final whistle as he seemed to be listening in the direction of Stretford End.
“I didn’t hear it myself to be honest, we were talking about it with my staff in the locker room,” Rangnick said when asked about fans’ response to Pogba.
“I think the fans here are fantastic, really. The support at the stadium today was fantastic, it couldn’t have been better.
“I can understand if the fans are frustrated and disappointed, we are too. I don’t think it makes sense to face and target any single person or player. It’s a collective responsibility. It makes no sense to me and that’s why I will always defend and protect the players. my players.
“By the way, I think Paul did well in the first half in possession of the ball.”
Thousands of United fans marched in protest against the club owners before the match, before the players were targeted as Norwich went from 2-0 to 2-2, with chants of “you’re not for. wear the jersey “coming down from the terraces.
Rangnick was also asked in his post-match press conference about the video circulating on social media of Pogba, who is out of contract this summer, cupping his ear as he walked down the tunnel full-time.
“I didn’t see it, I felt it,” he added. “It was probably his reaction to the chants of the fans. As I said, I can understand the fans and the fans in a certain sense, but it makes no sense to challenge individual players.”
Regarding pre-match fan protests, a United spokesperson released a statement that read: “We are working hard to create the conditions for renewed success on the pitch, while strengthening our engagement with the fans.
We respect the right of fans to express their opinions peacefully and we will continue to listen to them, with the aim of working together to bring the club back to where we all want it to be: to compete for trophies. “
As for the game itself, United had to thank Cristiano Ronaldo for a narrow victory over the last Norwich side after the 37-year-old scored his 50th career hat-trick.
The result means Rangnick’s side are three points closer to the top four after defeats at Tottenham and Arsenal, but the interim manager hasn’t been optimistic about their chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League with away matches to Liverpool. and Arsenal coming next week.
“Everyone has seen today’s game, we all know which team we will play with on Tuesday,” said Rangnick.
“They could have a chance to win four trophies. If we play as we played today it will be very, very difficult to get even one point from this match; this is what we need to be realistically aware of.
“We have to raise our level and standards. We have to be realistic, we have to play much better if Liverpool are in possession of the ball than today.”