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Stats Show Manchester United Fans Were Wrong To Boo Paul Pogba's Performance Against Norwich

Rory O'Callaghan

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Stats Show Manchester United Fans Were Wrong To Boo Paul Pogba's Performance Against Norwich

Paul Pogba was one of Manchester United's better performing players in Saturday's win over Norwich despite being booed by the club's supporters.

Pogba was targeted by fans during the 3-2 win for United, with the home support cheering his substitution during the second half at Old Trafford.

He was booed again as he headed for the tunnel at full-time, with some fans chanting "f*** off Pogba".

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The France international, who is expected to leave United when his contract expires at the end of the season, responded by cupping his ear to fans.

While supporters directed much of their frustration at Pogba, they might have been better aiming it at other players on the pitch.

According to football analytics website whoscored.com, Pogba received a match rating of 8/10 - beaten only by hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo (9.7) and Anthony Elanga (8.2).

“Paul Pogba was the best midfielder for #MUFC during #MUNNOR, had a 90% pass-success rate, worked his backside off when others didn't,” tweeted 90min’s Rob Blanchette.

Paul Pogba was booed by Manchester United fans on Saturday (Image: PA)
Paul Pogba was booed by Manchester United fans on Saturday (Image: PA)

“Booing off a player who played poorly might be understandable. This isn't.”

It could be argued that the booing of Pogba was not based solely on his performance on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has failed to live up to expectations since rejoining United from Juventus in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89m.

Pogba is expected to leave the club for free at the end of the season, with Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Juventus all linked with the midfielder.

Speaking after Saturday's win, which moved United to within three points of the top four, United interim manager Ralf Rangnick insisted he didn’t hear the chants against Pogba but urged fans not to target individual players.

“I didn’t hear it myself to be honest, we were talking about it with my staff in the locker room,” Rangnick said.

“I think the fans here are amazing, I really do. The support in the stadium today was great, it could not have been any better.

“I can understand if the fans are frustrated and disappointed, so are we. I don’t think it makes sense to take on and to target any individual person or player.

“It’s a collective responsibility. For me it doesn’t make sense and this is why I will always defend and protect my players.

“By the way I think Paul in the first half in possession of the ball did well.”

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Featured Image Credit: PA Images & Whoscored.com

Topics: Paul Pogba, Manchester United, Football, Premier League

Rory O'Callaghan
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