Paul Pogba is an easy target.
We all know it. The Frenchman can’t seem to go a game in a Manchester United shirt without receiving some form of criticism from either the national press, an army of social media critics or his biggest fan Graeme Souness.
Before the current season had even started, the former Liverpool manager was already laying into his foe. Start as you mean to go on and all that jazz.
When the Frenchman missed a potentially decisive penalty against Wolves, it was hardly surprised then that his gang of unrelenting witch hunters were out in force. Former United captain Gary Neville called the situation “embarrassing” on Sky Sports Monday Night Football (via Standard).
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Ross Barkley missed an equally important spot-kick on Tuesday night in Chelsea’s Champions League tie against Valencia. Much like the Pogba debacle, he snatched the ball from his teammates, who in this case were Willian and Jorginho, and proceeded to balloon his opportunity against the bar. The Blues would go on to lose the game 1-0.
What is different, however, is the backlash; there’s no national media witch hunt or pitchfork-wielding protesters outside his property. Relatively speaking, Barkley has got off lightly. And this is something the pundits over at talkSPORT have noticed…
“Pogba got slaughtered and everyone seems to be defending Barkley.”
“Where’s the consistency?” ?
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 18, 2019