Kingsley Coman says his France team-mate Paul Pogba receives unfair criticism at Manchester United, insisting the midfielder’s role is about bringing balance to the side and not just contributing to goals.
Since moving to Old Trafford in 2016 for £89million, Pogba has been widely criticised for his lack of consistent performances.
However, Bayern Munich winger Coman admitted criticism levied at Pogba is unjustified and the 27-year-old experiences a different type of pressure playing for United compared to France.
‘I know Paul,’ Coman told the Daily Mail. ‘Football is a lot in the head and the way you feel. When we are together in the national team, I know he feels so good.
‘I am not in Manchester with him, so I don’t know how he is when he’s there, but in the national team he plays free in his mind, he can use all of his qualities.
‘Maybe the pressure is different. In his first year in Manchester, I think he was the best player. He had the most assists, I think, but people were still not happy.
‘They bought him and he was expensive but he is not supposed to be the one who scores all the goals and provides all the assists. He is there to give balance.’
‘Thiago didn’t score a lot of goals for Bayern, for example, but what he did was so important in the team, as important as Robert Lewandowski, who scores 50 goals,’ Coman added.