Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told teammate Paul Pogba that he should embrace the pressure after the midfielder was criticised for his lacklustre performance against Liverpool.
The France international gave away a penalty, which James Milner converted, and struggled to make an impact during the 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The 23-year-old already had pressure heaped on his shoulders when he sealed his return to United from Juventus in the summer for a whopping £89m fee, making him the most expensive footballer in the world.
It has taken time for Pogba to showcase his talent in the Premier League following his move back to the North-West of England, but Ibrahimovic believes that his teammate must not shy away from the pressure. He told reporters:
“Pressure is something I enjoy. I don’t know Paul personally to able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level.
“If you want to play at the top, pressure is 24 hours and if you play better the pressure becomes even greater. So it’s something that we learn from and something we have to handle because we belong to the top. Paul belongs to the top, absolutely, and the pressure will be there.”