Following a string of average performances, most recently against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Paul Pogba has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism from the media.

Jose Mourinho has spoken out in defence of his player today, claiming that pundits are desperate for something to talk about, so that’s why they pick on Pogba.

I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels. I’m scared for especially the next generation if things go in this direction. Envy is everywhere.

It’s not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money that some players, some very good players, got in the past. It’s not his fault that some of the pundits are in real trouble with their lives and they need every pound to survive and Paul is a multi-millionaire. It’s not his fault.

I think he deserves respect. I think his family deserve respect. He’s a kid that comes from a working family, a family with three boys and I’m sure they needed a lot of food on that table every day because they are big giants. So I’m sure that the mum and the dad had to work hard for many, many years for them.

He is a kid that came to Manchester as a teenager, that fought for his career here, that was not afraid to move and to go to another country and to look for better conditions for him. A kid that reached the top of the world with his work, nobody gave him anything.

I’m very happy with Paul. The club is very happy with Paul and I think also a good thing is that because of his personality, he doesn’t given an ass what people say.