Manchester United fans may not all like it, but Paul Pogba’s comments on his ludicrous new documentary justify exactly why the club was right to walk away from this poisonous circus.
The 29-year-old Frenchman has been up to his usual tricks again, blaming everyone but himself for his failures in a United shirt, during a vapid, self-obsessed Amazon Prime exclusive no one needed to see titled – seriously – “The Pogmentary.”
Having incessantly badmouthed United on international duty throughout the six years of his second spell at the club, which he walked out of for free once again last month, here he is doing what he loves best – whining and moaning, specifically that being offered 300,000 pounds a week was supposedly an insult.
Style over substance
“Paul, you are in a situation which is very particular. You have no idea. You have no idea,” his former agent, the late Mino Raiola, tells him on the phone in one performative scene, while Pogba cruises around Miami on holiday last summer in a flashy car indicative of the style-over-substance signing he proved to be – an expensive one at nearly 90 million pounds to boot.
“Did Manchester [United] make a second offer?” Pogba asks.
“Yes. They absolutely want you to stay,” Raiola says. “For me, the offer doesn’t reflect that. I told them, ‘If you want him to stay, don’t make that offer’. I will make them understand that if they really want you to stay and they want to build a project around you, this time they have to act differently and put the money on the table.”
“They’re bluffing,” Pogba says. “How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and offer him nothing? Never seen that.”
If Paul Pogba thinks publicising the fact he sees being offered ridiculous amounts of money (that he’s not actually worth) as an insult, he should ask Ashley Cole how that turned out for him.
The fact this self-aggrandising idiot decided to film himself talking about his contract situation as far back as a year ago also tells you everything you need to know about his professionalism, or lack thereof.
That he was dicking about filming bollocks like this a couple of months before sitting down in a dressing room with his teammates, with a manager who had put his unwavering faith in him in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is disgusting.
“My thought process is to show Manchester United they made a mistake in waiting to give me a contract. And to show other clubs that Manchester had made a mistake in not offering me a contract,” Pogba adds, contradicting the part where he’s talking with his agent about being offered a contract.
The only “mistake” Manchester United made was not getting rid of this overrated waste of space sooner, when we could have cashed in on him.
The real Pogba
Instead, he’s pissed off to Juventus again, trashing a club he says in the documentary is “close to my heart”.
“What is the best for you?” Raiola says. “What is the best for your family, for your career? What is the best economically? What is the best for your brand?”
That sums Pogba up – he’s more interested in himself than the club he plays for.
Good luck Juve, you can have him.
“We must try to make you feel as good as when you are with the French national team,” Raiola continues. “You’re different with them. You understand? You’re another Pogba with the Manchester United team. It’s not normal.
“With the France team, you’re the real Pogba, the Pogba of Juventus, the Pogba that everyone loves. With Manchester, there’s something blocking you.”
Perhaps, I don’t know, hear me out here guys … it might be Pogba’s fault that he generally couldn’t psyche himself up enough to regularly play well at Manchester United?
Oh wait, no, that would mean taking some of the blame and admitting his faults, and this lad doesn’t do that.
At one point, he moans about Jose mourinho. Then he says United “didn’t help” and “didn’t show care” when he was recovering from an injury.
This is a player who has regularly missed large chunks of each season, pissing off to Dubai to heal up while we indulged his every want and need.
When he did return from injury, his form was invariably up and down, and never reliable enough to justify his and his entourage’s claims that he is supposedly one of the best players in the world.
On his day, he can be world class. But those days are becoming rarer and rarer – and truly world-class players don’t talk about how good they are, they show it.
They drag other players up around them, and make them perform better.
They take responsibility, and pull their socks up when the going gets tough, leading by example.
None of which Pogba did. And that has perhaps been the problem with this United team – they were looking to a flakey fraud for inspiration.
Quite a step down from having Roy Keane, Bryan Robson or Nemanja Vidic barking at you.
“My performance on the field is the basis of my image,” Pogba says in this ridiculous advert masquerading as a film.
Well, your image is shot to pieces then, son. Good riddance.
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