Former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov has urged fans of the club to cut-back on criticism of midfielders Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard.
Berbatov, who scored 48 goals during a four-year spell at Old Trafford, believes the United duo should be allowed to express themselves due to still being ‘young players’, despite both now being 26.
Both Lingard and Pogba have come under fire before for their social media antics before, with the latest being a video from Lingard’s official Snapchat account during his holiday earlier this summer that saw the 26-year-old repeatedly swear during the video whilst filming the bedroom’s in a hotel he shared with Marcus Rashford and friends and suggesting there would be a lot of ‘shagging’ happening. The video divided fan opinion, with some suggesting it was Lingard’s holiday free time whereas others shamed the post, believing he had to represent United at all times.
However, Berbatov believes that Lingard and Pogba should have room to be more childish due to their age, and critiquing too much takes away the pair’s freedom to express themselves, telling the Daily Mail: “Some fans just say things because they want to say something and they have the freedom to say bad things that are not always deserved. Young players need to express themselves how they see life. If they are happy they will translate that on the pitch.”
“Players like [Jesse] Lingard and [Paul] Pogba they see differently to you and I. More childish, more boyish because they are young. As long as they are happy they will put this feeling into the game and it will benefit them and the team will benefit.”
“You can read a lot of negativity around social media and we are all human beings. It goes into your head and you start questioning yourself. Then you don’t play well and the team lose and that is not good for anyone,” the Bulgarian added.
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