Manchester United star Paul Pogba has responded to the criticism directed at him by pundit Graeme Souness by saying he “didn’t even know who” the Liverpool legend was. Souness swiftly responded by telling United’s record signing to put his “medals on the table.”
Pogba, 27, has faced frequent criticism from Souness, which hasn’t eased after the player made only eight appearances this season prior to football being suspended due to the coronavirus.
The France international told the UTD podcast (via the Press Association):
“I didn’t even know who he was, really. I didn’t even know who he was. I heard he was a great player and stuff like that.
“I know the face but [not] the name. Like I said I’m not someone that watches a lot of [punditry], I watch a lot of football but I don’t stay after the game to listen to what they say about why they did this or why they did that. I like to focus on football.”
Fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher joked about Pogba’s comments to Souness on Tuesday, prompting the Scot to laugh before responding:
Souness—who won five English top-flight titles across six seasons as a Liverpool player (1979-80, ’82-84)—said: “I’m happy with that. The oldest saying in football comes to mind: ‘Put your medals on the table.’ I’ve got a big table.”
The ex-midfielder also won three European Cups on Merseyside (1978, '81, '84) and is widely considered one of the club's best-ever players. Souness then managed Liverpool between April 1991 and January 1994, winning the FA Cup in his first season at the helm.
Pogba won four successive Serie A crowns with Juventus between 2013 and 2016. His most notable trophy to date is of course the 2018 FIFA World Cup triumph with Les Bleus, one medal Souness, 66, could hardly have hoped to win as a member of Scotland’s national team.
The Anfield icon has been among Pogba’s most vocal critics in the past and questioned the former academy star’s loyalty to United’s cause since rejoining for £89 million in 2016:
The Red Devils won a UEFA Europa League and Carabao Cup double in Pogba’s first season at the club when Jose Mourinho was in charge. Their prospects have suffered since then, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is again raising hopes of what might come in the future.