Graeme Souness has hit back at Paul Pogba after the Manchester United midfielder claimed he “didn’t even know” who Souness was. Pogba made the comments about Souness on the official United podcast over the weekend. Former Liverpool midfielder and manager Souness has often criticised Pogba since his return to United from Juventus in 2016.
This season the pundit has questioned Pogba’s commitment, with the Frenchman only making seven Premier League appearances due to an ongoing ankle injury.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Football Show, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher hit out at Pogba’s comments about Souness.
Carragher said: “There’s been a story about Paul Pogba this morning and the interesting thing about it, we’re quite critical of Paul Pogba, but I think when you’re a player you’ve got to be respectful of certain players with certain opinions at different times and at times you’ve got to take that criticism on the chin.
“So to come out and say he’d never heard of Graeme Souness I thought really was below the belt.”
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Souness appeared alongside Carragher and responded by boasting about his trophy haul as a player.
“I’m happy with that,” Souness replied.
“The oldest thing in football comes to mind – put your medals on the table.”
Souness won five league titles and three European Cups as a player at Liverpool, as well as three League Cups.
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Pogba won four Serie A titles at Juventus and the World Cup with France but has only won two trophies during his second spell at United so far.
Souness’ response came after Pogba claimed he recognised him but could not put a name to the face.
“I didn’t even know who he was, really,” Pogba said.
“I didn’t even know who he was. I heard he was a great player and stuff like that. I know the face but [not] the name.
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“Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of [punditry], I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about ‘Why they did this’ or ‘Why they did that’. I like to focus on football.”
Souness’ most recent criticism of Pogba was in a Q and A for the Sunday Times.
“Pogba has absolutely everything to be a top player – great athleticism, super technique – but his attitude to the game is the polar opposite of mine,” Souness wrote.
“He goes out with one thought in his mind: ‘I’m going to show everyone how clever I am today and be the star of the show.’
“My attitude, the way I was taught, was: ‘Go out and work harder than the guy you’re in against and see where that takes you.’
“He’d be an absolute doddle to play against.”
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