Thursday’s cover: Under-fire Pogba ‘deserves respect’ according to Mourinho

Head in his hands during his side’s FA Cup elimination to Chelsea, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba takes the Sport cover for the Thursday, March 16, 2017 edition of The National.

As the world’s most expensive footballer, Pogba was always going to be a source of controversy this season, and that has been amplified by the lack of much on-field improvement from Manchester United when compared to Chelsea and their new midfielder N’Golo Kante.

On Wednesday, Pogba’s manager harshly fired back at those critics:

“I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that,” Jose Mourinho said. “Envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared with, especially with the next generation if things go in this direction.

“It’s not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money that some very good players did in the past. It’s not his fault that some of the pundits are in real trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive and Paul is a multimillionaire. It’s not his fault. I think he deserves respect.”

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Published: March 15, 2017 04:00 AM