Man Utd don't expect Paul Pogba to do this while on international duty – Pundit

Man Utd don't expect Paul Pogba to do this while on international duty – Pundit

Paul Pogba wasn't respecting Manchester United by talking about Real Madrid - Craig Burley

Paul Pogba wasn’t respecting Manchester United by talking about Real Madrid – Craig Burley (Pic: GETTY)

That’s according to ESPN pundit Craig Burley, who believes the Frenchman should have been cuter with his answer when asked about joining Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Pogba, 26, is one of the most expensive players in world football and has recently been linked with a move to the Bernabeu.

And he caused controversy in a press conference on Wednesday ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova, saying: “Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world

“There is also Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”

“Whilst he may dream of going to Real Madrid or one of the real European big boys, you just gotta be cute with your answer”

Craig Burley

Burley thinks Pogba should have kept his cards closer to his chest, insisting United don’t expect such comments from their players on international duty.

“I think you have to respect your employers, first and foremost,” he told ESPN FC.

“Whilst he may, and probably does like a lot of players, dream of going to Real Madrid or one of the real European big boys, particularly the Spanish two, you just gotta be cute with your answer.

“Just say: ‘listen, I’m at Man United at the moment. Let’s see what happens down the line, hopefully we’ll turn it around there.’”

Burley’s comments came after it was claimed:

Pogba said a move to Real Madrid is 'a dream for anybody' on Wednesday

Pogba said a move to Real Madrid is ‘a dream for anybody’ on Wednesday (Pic: GETTY)

Burley doesn't think the midfielder was respecting Manchester United by making the comments

Burley doesn’t think the midfielder was respecting Manchester United by making the comments (Pic: ESPN)

He continued: “But you’ve gotta respect your employer in terms of they’ve paid a lot of money for him, they pay him big wages, they expect big performances – they don’t expect him to go away with the national team and start talking about potentially going to Real Madrid one day, even if that’s what he thinks.”

Pogba was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford during Jose Mourinho’s final months in charge of United.

The pair endured a frosty relationship towards the end of Mourinho’s reign, meaning if the Portuguese wasn’t sacked – as he was on December 18 – the midfielder would have most likely departed the club.

Now Pogba is enjoying his football again under Solskjaer, though, and former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf feels his compatriot should have thought about the consequences of what he said.

Pogba should have thought of the consequences of what he said, says Leboeuf

Pogba should have thought of the consequences of what he said, says Leboeuf (Pic: GETTY)

“The thing is, you have to think of the consequences of what you say,” he said.

“And what Manchester United fans will think now about Paul Pogba saying: ‘ok I’m at Manchester United, ok I’m happy, but I’m not achieving anything.

“‘What I want is going to Real Madrid because it’s my dream and I want to play for Real Madrid because Zidane is there and because it’s just what I’ve wished the most.’

“But you have to think about the fans, the club who pays you and make sure you respect them, and that’s not the kind of thing that he just did by saying that.”

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