Paul Pogba has responded to Manchester United fans who booed him during Saturday’s Premier League victory against Norwich with a social media message.
Despite United picking up a crucial three points to keep their outside chances of finishing in the top four in the Premier League this season alive, it was a riotous day at Old Trafford, with a massive protest staged by fans ahead of kick-off against the club’s Glazer ownership, and supporters turning their ire on underperforming players during the game.
Fans within the stadium were irritated by their team’s poor performance. Chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” were hurled at the team after they surrendered a two-goal lead to the Premier League’s bottom club, but it was the underperforming Paul Pogba who took the direct brunt of the wrath. When he was replaced midway through the half, the announcement was welcomed with sarcastic cheers from significant sections of the home crowd before he was booed off. The audible chant “f*** off Pogba” came from the home fans in the immediate aftermath of the movements.
It was enough to overshadow Cristiano Ronaldo’s spectacular hat-trick, which propelled Ralf Rangnick’s team to a crucial though the disappointing victory over the Premier League’s worst club. The triumph saw United overtake Arsenal into the fifth position and close to within three points of Tottenham, with both North London sides suffering shock defeats on Saturday, providing an unanticipated and unexpected boost to United’s top-four chances.
Pogba has now published a post on social media following the game, in which he uploaded a picture of himself waving to the fans before kickoff, as well as two other pictures of him in action versus Norwich. The images are accompanied by the remark, “Very crucial win for all of us today.”
On the surface, the post makes no mention of the occurrences involving him and the fans — after he appeared to respond to the amount of booing and jeering by cupping his ears towards the people. However, it was a shady event on a poor day for the Frenchman, whose tenure at the club now appears to be over.
On Saturday evening, Pogba posted on Twitter.
When asked about the chanting after the game, United’s interim manager Rangnick said: “I didn’t hear anything, but I was informed after the game. I completely appreciate the supporters’ frustration, but I don’t believe they should single out players. This is neither correct nor equitable.”
The France international midfielder’s contract at Old Trafford expires this summer, and his relationship with the club’s supporters appears to be completely shattered. For the second time in his career, he is likely to leave the club as a free agent.