Why Man Utd star Paul Pogba DESERVES to be in PFA Team of the Year – Dimitar Berbatov

Why Man Utd star Paul Pogba DESERVES to be in PFA Team of the Year – Dimitar Berbatov

That is the view of former Manchester United great Dimitar Berbatov, who was at the club while Pogba was coming through the youth set-up.

Berbatov, who won two Premier League titles and a League Cup at Old Trafford, cannot understand the outcry at Pogba’s peers voting him on their team of the year.

The France midfielder divides opinion like Marmite and his surprise inclusion has been a topic of much debate since the team was announced this week.

Starsport columnist Paul Merson even described the decision as “ridiculous” in his Saturday column, claiming Pogba has barely showed up for much of the season.

But Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 149 games for United, is a big fan of Pogba and insists he deserves more respect than he is getting.

Berbatov, now a Betfair Ambassador, said: “The players are choosing the team, so I don’t understand why everyone is questioning that decision.

“The players obviously think he is good enough. So what’s the problem? It’s a nice honour for him. He can do a lot better, that’s for sure.

“But still, he has scored 13 goals, and he has nine assists. Good numbers for a midfielder.

“The way he plays, he has room for improvement. But he will get there.”

Berbatov can still remember the first time he met Pogba as a youngster – and reckons he saw greatness in him even then.

The former Bulgaria star said: “He came to train with us when I was there. Straight away you can see the talent is there. For me, he deserves to be in that team.

“But I don’t see the big deal if you are in it or not to be honest. You can’t put everybody in it! There is a lot of room for him to show how good he is.

“Next season he can start afresh. You regroup and show what you can do. If he stays at United he has plenty of time to improve and show everyone just how good he is.”