UTD Podcast: What Pogba thinks of pundits
In our unmissable UTD Podcast, Paul explains how he handles the constant media discussion that surrounds his career...
You seem an entirely unique footballer – every press conference and news story is about you even when you’re not playing and this isn’t the case for Ronaldo and Messi. Is it fair the obsessing that goes on over you? I guess they miss me! I don’t know because I’m not someone who looks always at Sky News. Just when I sit down and it’s on, I will look. After games, when I watch the game, I like to watch the game and not the comments. Just the game because, when you’re a fan and know football, you don’t need someone to tell you what’s happening. Obviously, what I hear with a few people putting my name out – Paul is doing this, Paul is doing that, Paul, Paul. Just one day, I will meet them and ask them. They really want to know why I’m doing my recover and can be somewhere else? I’m just doing my recovery and hear my name again, you know. Do you think about putting out a message when they are doing this? If they want to speak, they’re allowed to speak. That’s their job. For me, it’s their job to speak. They’ve been talking and I’m used to it now. I’m really used to it so it doesn’t bother me. Obviously, it always good to hear the good staff and better to hear that than the bad stuff. Like I said, when you play football, you hear stuff but you know yourself, you know your manager and know our team-mates and know what you want you want. The rest is just talk and selling stuff. I think people like it. You should have sent Souness a picture of the World Cup trophy… Yeah, me, I didn’t know who he was really. I didn’t know who he was but I heard he was a great player. [Maysie – you didn’t know me] I know the face not the name! Karen told you? Okay, like I said, I’m someone who watches football and stuff but I don’t stay and listen to what they’re going to say after the game and whey they have done this. I like t focus on football. You know yourself and that’s enough for you? If you score one goal or a hat-trick, you know you score a hat-trick and play a good game. Sometimes, you can score a hat-trick but play a very bad game. You know yourself. Someone tells you you’ve played a good game and scored three goals but you know yourself. Sometimes it happens like this. If you’re a football player and a football fan, you know if you play well or don’t play well. You don’t need anyone to tell you like that, if you don’t play well. What’s the funniest story you’ve heard about you that isn’t true? I think there are lots. I had a car accident, there was a party and I was driving late and came out of it and it was late and I had an accident. Then they called me to ask are you okay and I say: ‘Yeah, why?’ We heard you had a car accident. ‘No, I’m here on the phone. Everything is fine. It wasn’t me.’ You know, it’s not a problem for me. As a football player, you get criticised and judged – some people like you and some don’t. That’s how football is. You can’t love everyone. Life is about having different taste and everything. I mean I want to play football and some people will like you and some will criticise. In football, it will happen and, if you focus on that, you’re a dead person. As long as Ole is happy with how you’re doing? Like I said, the manager knows if you give your best and give everything on the pitch. That’s all that matters.