Paul Ince has taken a swipe at Graeme Souness following his continued criticism of Paul Pogba despite his impressive run in the 5-1 demolition of Leeds in the premier league opener.
Pogba put in a brilliant performance in the Red Devils’ first match of the season as they thrashed arch-rivals Leeds United 5-1.
The France international contributed four assists as Bruno Fernandes bagged a hat-trick to put United top of the Premier League.
Souness played down Pogba’s display by saying the midfielder just did what was “expected” of him, while he was also involved in a heated debate with fellow Sky Sports presenter Micah Richards over the difference between the treatment of Pogba and wantaway Tottenham striker Harry Kane.
The Scot has criticised Pogba many times in the past and Ince is confused why he criticised him again on Saturday, he told the Daily Star: “It’s a new season, a new start, it’s a new Manchester United. [Pogba] was outstanding. Just leave it at that.
“We don’t need Graeme Souness to start trying to slaughter Pogba when he’s been outstanding. I don’t get it.
“Pogba only thought about leaving because he didn’t see Man United competing with the top sides.
“That’s understandable, it’s like Harry Kane at Tottenham. Kane wants to leave because he wants to win trophies.”
Rio Ferdinand tried to explain Souness’ comments but does think the former Liverpool player should’ve put his “feelings to one side” after such a strong performance from Pogba.
“When a man produces four assists on day one of the season, you’ve got to put your feelings to one side and say, ‘You know what, well played’ because it doesn’t happen often.”