Jose Mourinho attacked Paul Pogba’s critics and claimed ‘envy’ is dictating an agenda against the most expensive player in world football.
Pogba has been heavily scrutinised for his performances this season, something which came to a head after Monday night’s FA Cup defeat by Chelsea.
Mourinho bemoaned that society has lost sight of reality after pundits suggested Manchester United were not enjoying value for money from the central midfielder, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Wednesday.
“I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared about especially for the next generation if things go in this direction,” Mourinho said.
“It’s not his fault that some of the pundits are in trouble with their lives and they need every coin to survive and Paul is a multi-millionaire. It’s not his fault. He deserves respect, his family deserve respect. He is a kid who comes from a working family, a family with three boys that I’m sure needed a lot of food on that table every day because they are big giants. So I’m sure the mum and dad had to work hard for many years for them.
“A kid who came to Manchester as a teenager who fought for his career here, who wasn’t afraid to move and go to another country and look for better conditions; A kid who reached the top of the world with his work. Nobody gave him anything. I’m really, really worried with the previous generations because things are going in such a direction that envy is everywhere.
“I’m very happy with Paul, the club is very happy with Paul. A good thing is that because of his personality he doesn’t give an ‘S’ to what people say.”