Patrice Evra reckons Manchester United’s fans are “killing” Paul Pogba and thinks he should leave the club this summer.
Pogba was pelted with insults by a number of United fans as he left the pitch following their 2-0 loss to already-relegated Cardiff City on Sunday, including one fan telling the Frenchman he was ‘f*****g s**t’.
The France international has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for a while but the rumours have ramped up since Zinedine Zidane returned as their manager.
Pogba, who was named in the PFA top-flight Team of the Year, had a brilliant resurgence after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over from Jose Mourinho but his form has dipped again in recent weeks.
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“It’s not like I am protecting Paul but when there are incidents like yesterday with the fan, they are killing Paul,” Evra told Sky Sports in an interview with Gary Neville.
“He has the most goals, most assists. I know you can question his leadership and in the last few games you want more, so that’s why you can criticise him right now, but overall he has been the best player this season.
“Just because it’s Paul Pogba, he has haircuts, he dances, his Instagram and everything, people will criticise him while forgetting the player that he is. Only him and (David) De Gea can play in a big team in Europe.”
When asked if he thought Pogba would stay beyond the summer, Evra added: “I think he will leave because you need to feel the love when you play somewhere, you need to be committed.
“If Paul decides to stay another year and then leave, or stay another few years, maybe the fans will love him because he is committed. The United fans love you when you say you are committed.
“When I go to the game and I see fans shouting and swearing at players, I am in shock. In my time, you can play the worst game of your life and they will clap you.
“I remember losing 4-1 at home to Liverpool and they were still singing. That’s the United fans I know – they’ve just had enough.
“I don’t talk for Paul, whether he stays or leaves, but when you have negativity around you, you should leave.”