Paul Pogba thinks he is “judged differently” than other players at Manchester United because of the huge transfer fee the club paid for him.
The Red Devils took Pogba from Juventus in 2016 in a record £89million deal but three seasons later, the France star is said to be keen to leave Old Trafford.
Pogba has been linked heavily with a move away from United this summer with Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly interested.
And the France international believes he is especially harshly judged as he is a midfielder whereas forwards such as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – who have also commanded large fees – don’t receive the same level of criticism.
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“Because it was the biggest transfer in history at the time, you get judged differently,” Pogba told the LifeTimes podcast. “They expect more from you because of the price tag.
“A good game would be a normal game. A top game would be a good game.
“It’s a big amount. It went down when other transfers came, so it’s fine. I think it’s also because I’m a midfielder.
“People see more strikers because they score goals, so that’s why it made such a big impact. I don’t think [Neymar and Mbappe] get it because they’re strikers.
“I knew it would come with it. I knew there would be a big impact. But I didn’t know it would go so negative. When I signed, I wasn’t used to seeing so many negative comments.
“It was a big change. I was surprised. I didn’t know a price tag would change so much for people.
“Maybe they think I have the money. It’s not me – I don’t have the money. I don’t know [the reason for the criticism]. I wish I knew so I could help them get the answer.”