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Wes Brown: "Pogba will redeem himself"

FIXATION: Pogba

WES BROWN has added his voice to the luminaries proclaiming that Paul Pogba will eventually come good for Manchester United amid the recent criticism he has endured.

United trumpeted their record acquisition of Pogba in the summer for a princely sum of £89 million. But so far the midfielder has failed to justify his exorbitant transfer fee.

The fixation surrounding his lifestyle off the pitch has also resulted in him being panned by various TV pundits, pertinently Pogba’s erstwhile former team-mate Rio Ferdinand. But Brown believes it is only a matter of time before we see the best of the Frenchman.

“I know a lot of people say all the other stuff is getting to him a little bit, but I don’t necessarily think it is,” he said. “I’d just be advising him to get on with his football. Everyone has their own lives out of football and that’s just the way it is. Obviously people are highlighting it a bit more because of who he is.

“He joined for a lot of money and we haven’t seen his best form yet, but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before he starts to deliver. “People are talking about his lifestyle off the pitch too much. But what counts is on the pitch and I’m sure he will produce good performances soon.”

Brown, 37, sees encouraginging shoots of recovery under United manager Jose Mourinho and believes he will have his sights firmly set on adding more silverware come the end of the season.

“I’ve always said that it will take time regardless of which manager is there and hopefully they give Jose the right amount of time,” he added. “For where they are now in the league they are still in with a chance of getting top-four.

Brown, who won five Premier league crowns whilst at United, added: “It’s very difficult because the other teams [competing for top-four] have very strong teams and are doing very well. “United have done well in catching up and will now have to keep their fo- cus and keep everyone fit.

“They haven’t been getting beat and perhaps they could have done with better results at home. “They also have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League if they win the Europa League and that will be massive for them. Jose won’t take that competition lightly and now he will push to win that.”

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