Manchester United star Paul Pogba hits back at critics after France reach World Cup final
'NOTHING TO PROVE'
The Red Devils midfielder put in a commanding and composed performance as Les Bleus beat Belgium in an entertaining semi-final
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has hit back at his critics after helping France reach the final of the 2018 World Cup.
The midfielder has impressed with a series of commanding and composed performances for the country in Russia, and was one of the main men again in Les Bleus 1-0 semi-final win over Belgium.
Pundits have hailed Pogbas mature displays at the World Cup, with many saying the Frenchman has looked more like a £89million player for France than when he plays in a United shirt.
Pogba appears to thrive from the freedom he is given to perform for Les Bleus, compared his more restricted role under Jose Mourinho which has seen the 25-year-old face criticism for his less influential performances at Old Trafford.
But, asked about his critics after Tuesday nights win, the Red Devil insisted he has nothing to prove to anyone and said nothing anybody says will stop him from loving the game.
“I dont want to prove anything to anybody,” Pogba said.
“Football was my first love and everything I do, I do it for football, I play for football.
“I will get criticised again, but today everything is fine because we won.
“Its always nice to win, its nice hear nice things about the team and yourself.
“But I know sometimes you do well, sometimes you do bad, but thats how you grow.
“Its not like I always do the good things… and they can criticise me but theres one thing they cannot criticise and thats the love of football I have in my heart.
“I will always have it.
“Even if I hear good things or bad things, I will always keep fighting for my love.”
The slim victory over Belgium sees France into only their third World Cup final and Pogba has urged his team to remain focused, as they aim to finish the job and achieve their dreams of being crowned world champions.
“Im, very happy, but its not done yet – theres still one more game,” the United star added.
“Its a dream for everybody to get here, but we have to realise the dream – we need to finish it.”