‘Doesn’t make sense’ – Rangnick criticises Man Utd fans for Pogba boos

Toby Bowles
Rangnick Pogba

Ralf Rangnick has questioned the logic in Manchester United fans booing Paul Pogba after the Frenchman responded sarcastically to jeers in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Norwich City.

Pogba was substituted in the 74th minute at Old Trafford, with the score at 2-2 following Teemu Pukki’s equaliser for the Canaries.

The tension in the ground was palpable and United fans chose to release their anger on Pogba, who had endured a difficult afternoon. Chants of ‘f**k off Pogba’ could be heard, along with boos, to which the 29-year-old responded by cupping his ears as he walked off the pitch at full-time.


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Rangnick felt Pogba had acquitted himself fairly well, describing the abuse as both unhelpful and unwarranted.

“The fans are amazing and I can fully understand them being frustrated and disappointed but I don’t think it makes any sense to take on any individual person or player,” the United interim boss said in his post-match interview.

“It is a collective responsibility so I will always defend and protect my players. I didn’t see what he did at the end of the game but I heard about it.

“It was his reaction to the chanting during the game. As I said, I can understand the fans in a way but I don’t think it makes sense to take on one player.

“I actually thought Paul did quite well in possession during the game. It wasn’t his best position of No 8 but we had no Fred or Scotty [McTominay] so I had to make a choice.”

The win moved United to within three points of the top four but their next fixture is a trip to Anfield to face high-flying Liverpool, who secured their place in the FA Cup final with a 3-2 win over Manchester City on Saturday.

 

 

Rangnick said of the upcoming challenge: “Everyone has seen today’s game and knows what sort of team we are playing next. They have just beaten Manchester City today and have a chance to win four trophies.

“If we play like today, it will be very difficult to get even a point. This is what we have to be realistic and aware of. We need to raise our standards.”