Manchester United hero Rio Ferdinand has stated that Graeme Souness should've put his feelings regarding Paul Pogba to one side following his blockbuster performance against Leeds on Saturday.
The World Cup winner with France set up four goals in some style as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men dispatched of Marcelo Bielsa's visitors to go top of the table.
With Pogba's contract up next summer, there has been plenty of talk over his future at Old Trafford, making his starring display at the weekend even more impressive.
Following the comments of Souness regarding Pogba and also the performance of Mason Greenwood, Ferdinand has explained what he made of the decision to ignore the assists.
Speaking on Rio Ferdinand Presents FIVE, he said: "I don't think Graeme Souness articulated it but I believe he thinks [about Pogba's performance] 'let's not get out of our pram about this, let's not go overboard, let me see this for the next three months, I want consistency'.
"I think that's where Souness' mind is at with Paul Pogba. If we're being honest, consistency is probably one of the factors that goes against Paul Pogba in his Man United career."
Adding: "When a man produces four assists on day one of the season, you've got to put your feelings to one side and say, 'You know what, well played.' Because it doesn't happen often."
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Souness had said of United's victory on Sky Sports: "For me, yesterday the star of the show was Greenwood. For a young boy, I thought he was sensational.
When Micah Richards asked about Pogba, the Scot added: "We expect that from a £100 million man."
Adding on Greenwood: "I was going to get around to the point. They spent £70-odd million on [Jadon] Sancho and maybe that might be something to look back on and think: 'Do we need to spend that money?'
"Because that boy is a player, is a finisher and I think he's going to be a top player."
One former midfielder who was delighted by Pogba's creative brilliance was Paul Scholes, who now thinks that the 28-year-old will sign a new deal at the club.
He told Premier League Productions: "I think he’ll end up signing a new contract.
"If this team carries on in this manner, progressing like it is – I don’t want to get too excited – but it’s a team that can go on and win trophies and that’s what he wants to do."
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