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Pogba hits out at his critics and Carrick is manager material according to Jesse Lingard


Manchester United have completed the signing of Slovakian teenager Martin Svidersky. The 15-year-old confirmed the signing with pictures of him signing his contract with United. The signing is a statement of intent from the Academy despite wrapping up the Premier League Northern Division in style earlier this month. United have stepped up scouting teen talent in Eastern Europe as part of the aggressive signing policy being followed by the Nicky Butt lead Academy.


Paul Pogba has hit out at his critics and said that he is unfairly judged by critics. The Frenchman believes that he is judged differently to other midfielders but vowed to stay true to his style of play. Speaking to Sky Sports, Pogba said: “It is quite funny. I think I am judged differently. We judge me on assists and goals, we don’t judge me on the midfield part. I can make an outstanding game, but if I don’t score or make an assist they will say that is normal or whatever.

“But if someone else does it, it is different. They will maybe be man of the match. It makes me improve as well, it is a challenge for me and I take it in a good way.”

Pogba’s performances have picked up off late and had outstanding games against both Manchester City and Tottenham as well as being excellent against Bournemouth in midweek last time out in the Premier League.


While Pogba spoke about the effect Michael Carrick’s advice had on his performance in the Derby, it is clear that Carrick’s role in the squad as a mentor and future coach goes much deeper than the job description. After Pogba, it was Jesse Lingard’s turn to sing the praises of the Englishman. Jesse said: “Carrick has been doing [showing videos to help them] to a number of players, Romelu as well. I think its good there is someone in the dressing room we can go to for tips and advice and he’s always there for the younger players as well.” Lingard went as far as to claim that Carrick is the most likely player from the current crop of players to make it big as a manager in the game in the future.


Andreas Pereira hinted that his future may lie away from Manchester in recent comments made to the press. The Brazilian youngster said, “I know I can’t claim a starting spot at Manchester United. All you have to do is look at the bench. My future at Valencia depends on Manchester United. All the options remain open, but I don’t want to be loaned again. I’ve shown what I can do. This summer, I want clarity. I want to be able to stay at a club for two to three years in order to build something.” United may well be set to lose the highly rated Brazilian this summer.