Ryan Giggs knows all too well the pressure of playing at Manchester United in front of a demanding Old Trafford faithful.
Giggs, however, did not have a £89m price tag on his shoulders and has called on Manchester United fans to remain patient with their star signing and has full faith in the Frenchman being a long term success at the club.
As reported in the Daily Mail the 43-year-old said:
“I have never seen a 23-year-old midfield player dominate games for a whole season.
“So, the £90 million that they paid is obviously what people focus on and what people talk about. He will become a brilliant midfielder, there is no doubt in that.”
“I think he scored seven or eight goals, again, not many midfielders at 23 will do that… but because he cost so much, he is compared with that price tag when actually, he has done okay this season.
“Okay, not brilliant but not really bad. So yeah, I think a lot people should cut him a bit of slack.”
Pogba has already won the EFL Cup with Manchester United and with the club still involved in three major competitions, it is possible more silverware is on the way.
While it has been a mixed campaign for the 23-year-old, the summer transfer window will be crucial to his development, with Jose Mourinho searching for the perfect partner to get the best out of Pogba which in turn will help ignite their title ambitions for next season.
Pogba has developed an impressive understanding with fellow new signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, yet has failed to meet the high expectations of the Manchester United fans or the watching public who are quick to quote the hefty price tag when the ex-Juventus man underperforms.
With the career of Michael Carrick winding down and the possibility that the 35-year-old will not be at Old Trafford next season, it is clear a midfielder will be on the shopping list for Mourinho.
The formation of a new, settled midfield trio that will include Pogba, Ander Herrea and a new midfielder could give the youngster more chances to play with the freedom he was afforded at Juventus, which saw him flourish.
Pogba too has been unlucky and should have at the very least double his goal tally but for his remarkable record of hitting the post more than any other player in the Premier League.
Giggs knows all too well how young players need time at a new club having been at Old Trafford at that age, even though Pogba was at the club before, the pressure of the price tag has to have an effect.
Hopefully next season we will see less of the new haircuts and the emoji’s and more of the performances that earned him a return to Manchester.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena