Manchester United hero Paul Ince has hit out at Graeme Souness for his comments about Paul Pogba. The France international was outstanding on Saturday as Leeds were battered 5-1 at Old Trafford. But that didn’t stop the former Liverpool star from failing to dish out praise.
Manchester United were too hot for Leeds to handle on Saturday afternoon.
Bruno Fernandes bagged the opening goal of the game in the 30th minute, sending Old Trafford wild in the process.
Leeds then equalised through Luke Ayling, whose thunderbolt shot sailed beyond the reach of David De Gea.
But, after that, United upped the ante.
Fernandes scored twice more, with Mason Greenwood and Fred also on target as they claimed all three points.
And Pogba was brilliant throughout, with the France international registering four assists on the day to take the headlines.
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And now Ince, speaking to The United Stand, has hit out at Souness – insisting his criticism was unnecessary.
“It’s a new season, a new start, it’s a new Manchester United,” he said.
“He was outstanding. Just leave it at that.
“We don’t need Graeme Souness to start trying to slaughter Pogba when he’s been outstanding. I don’t get it.
“Pogba only thought about leaving because he didn’t see Man United competing with the top sides. That’s understandable, it’s like Harry Kane at Tottenham.
“Kane wants to leave because he wants to win trophies.”
Souness has regularly criticised Pogba throughout his time at United.
But the midfielder did previously admit he’d never even heard of the Sky Sports pundit, which may have inflamed things.
Although Pogba wasn’t lauded by Souness, BBC Sport’s Garth Crooks did wax lyrical over his display against Leeds.
“He literally cut Leeds to ribbons in a display of precision passing I’ve not seen at Old Trafford since the likes of Bobby Charlton,” he said.
“But therein lies the problem with Pogba.
“You get all or nothing with him – unlike the great Charlton.”
And he also hailed Greenwood, adding: I’ve seen Denis Law, Frank Stapleton, Mark Hughes and Andy Cole lead the line for Manchester United, but not at 19.
“I can’t decide if the game has got easier or Greenwood’s got better.
“What I do know is the teenager took his goal brilliantly.”