Chelsea legend Claude Makelele has blasted Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba, criticising the Frenchman over his flamboyant goal celebration
In an interview with Astro SuperSport’s Sunday Night Live, Chelsea legend Claude Makelele has hit out Paul Pogba over his style of goal celebration. The Frenchman has criticised the Manchester United superstar’s flamboyant showboating, suggesting that his compatriot was disrespectful towards his opponents.
For a long time, Pogba was seemingly the most miserable figure at Manchester United, largely due to his reported rift with Mourinho, who also benched the Frenchman in a number of games before he was finally shown the exit door at Old Trafford.
As a result, the player was heavily linked with a move away from Manchester United, with a number of big name clubs showing an interest in him. However, the departure of Mourinho has turned the tide, with Pogba seemingly enjoying his football again.
The 25-year-old has inarguably been best player for Manchester United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge, having recorded 4 goals and 3 assists in just three games. With goals, Pogba’s jubilant celebrations have been on show, although Chelsea legend Claude Makelele is not a fan.
“One example is Thierry Henry. When he scored a goal before, everybody was like, ‘Bloody hell, many goals, he’s never happy. One day I tell Thierry, ‘Why?’. He said, ‘It’s the way I celebrate my goal. I know people don’t like this, but I’m like this. I can’t change this.”
“Pogba, he’s like this, he can’t change this. We accept this – it’s Pogba. For me, it means sometimes you don’t respect your opponent, you know? It’s frustrating. I’m fronting Pogba. I want to tell him, ‘Listen, do this in the dressing room, not now. It’s frustrating. You win 4-0, you’re dancing in front of me.”
Pogba’s celebrations do polarize opinions to a great extent. But, as far as Manchester United fans are concerned, the flamboyant showboating might not matter, if he continues performing at a level similar to he has been so far under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, possibly inspiring the Red Devils to a shock top four finish, something that looked highly unlikely under Mourinho’s tutelage.
Makelele though, is seemingly not impressed by his compatriot, who could silence the Chelsea legend and other critics with his performances.