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Rio Ferdinand Heaps Praise On Paul Pogba And Man United In Passionate Instagram Post

Rio Ferdinand has never been one to shy away when it comes to criticising Manchester United.

Having won a multitude of trophies in his time at Old Trafford, the former England defender knows exactly what is required to make it at the pinnacle of the game – and has been vocal in his disappointment with some of United’s performances in recent seasons.

However, after the Reds came from 2 goals down on Saturday evening to upset arch-rivals Manchester City by winning 3-2, thus denying them the opportunity to secure the Premier League title – Ferdinand heaped praise on his old club, and one player in particular.

Paul Pogba has come under plenty of scrutiny as of late for a series of lacklustre showings, but the Frenchman rallied the troops in the second half at the Etihad, scoring twice in as many minutes to turn the game on its head.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday – Ferdinand wrote a passionate speech accompanied by a picture of Pogba, in which he outlined exactly why both United and the former Juventus midfielder have got exactly what it takes to be successful:

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Beaten by your rivals at their ground & to then have to sit there and watch them lift the Premier League trophy – all of this while them home fans laugh at you, there downtrodden, embarrassed, worthless, a beaten man/team. That is the nightmare the night before the derby game many of the players if not all would of had. That very picture would almost certainly of gone through their minds at some point leading up to that game. So to see the way the @manchesterunited team came back from 2 goals down & it could have been more had City finished their chances, signifies to me that that these guys really do care about playing for the shirt and how desperate they were not to allow that nightmare to become a reality! That is the type of pressure these games bring on – can you as an individual get rid of those terrible images and concentrate on the job in hand or will you allow yourself to be drowned in such negativity that you can hardly warm up without it being on your mind constantly and your warm up is 25mins of bad touches and anxiety! This can I add, all before the actual game begins – Mental warfare! So well done to the boys for dealing with all that especially after going 2 goals down (imagine the panic). Lastly…… @paulpogba was the talk before the game and he went on to make sure he was the talk after it (for the reasons he so desperately wants them to be). Knowing Paul, he will want to be talked about as a great player but his extravagant hairstyles and dance moves have too often overshadowed his performances. Flashy hair and being seen to enjoy every bit of life is just the way Paul Pogba is and that’s his choice so it must be respected. All he has to do is make sure he keeps producing performances & goals like we saw vs City and that will be the conversation with him rather than the other stuff. He was let free or had to play in a more advanced role due to the scoreline which allowed him to do what he does best – less defensive responsibility and allowed to attack like he learnt and did at Juve with the results we saw in the second half at City. That’s the pressure he puts on himself but one I’m sure he can deal with. #MUFC #POGBA ❤️⚽️

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“Beaten by your rivals at their ground & too then have to sit there and watch them lift the Premier League trophy – all of this while them home fans laugh at you, there downtrodden, embarrassed, worthless, a beaten man/team.”
“That is the nightmare the night before the derby game many of the players if not all would of had. That very picture would almost certainly of gone through their minds at some point leading up to that game.”
“So to see the way the Manchester United team came back from 2 goals down & it could have been more had City finished their chances, signifies to me that that these guys really do care about playing for the shirt and how desperate they were not to allow that nightmare to become a reality!
That is the type of pressure these games bring on – can you as an individual get rid of those terrible images and concentrate on the job in hand or will you allow yourself to be drowned in such negativity that you can hardly warm up without it being on your mind constantly and your warm up is 25mins of bad touches and anxiety!”

“This can I add, all before the actual game begins – Mental warfare!”
“So well done to the boys for dealing with all that especially after going 2 goals down (imagine the panic). Lastly…… Paul Pogba was the talk before the game and he went on to make sure he was the talk after it (for the reasons he so desperately wants them to be). Knowing Paul, he will want to be talked about as a great player, but his extravagant hairstyles and dance moves have too often overshadowed his performances. Flashy hair and being seen to enjoy every bit of life is just the way Paul Pogba is and that’s his choice, so it must be respected.”

“All he has to do is make sure he keeps producing performances & goals like we saw vs City and that will be the conversation with him rather than the other stuff. He was let free or had to play in a more advanced role due to the scoreline which allowed him to do what he does best – less defensive responsibility and allowed to attack like he learnt and did at Juve with the results we saw in the second half at City.”

“That’s the pressure he puts on himself but one I’m sure he can deal with.”

While Manchester City should all but inevitably lift the Premier League trophy in the coming weeks, Saturday’s victory for United will prove a huge psychological boost for Jose Mourinho’s side going forward.

They face Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final in a fortnight’s time, while also looking to secure second place in the Premier League in the coming weeks.

With Pogba at his best and the players full of confidence, it is clear Ferdinand reckons the United squad is absolutely bursting with potential.

City may be the ones celebrating soon, but it was clearly important for United to get one over on their neighbours.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through jordannorris19@outlook.ie .