Ian Wright has warned Paul Pogba that he can’t afford to indulge in his social media promotion unless the Manchester United midfielder delivers on the pitch.
The France international was heavily criticised for his lacklustre performance in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.
Pogba spent the days before the north-west derby promoting his own brand on Instagram, which was readily displayed during the Premier League stalemate on the advertising hoardings.
On the pitch, Pogba conceded a first-half penalty after he handled the ball in David De Gea’s area to allow James Milner to break the deadlock with an emphatic spot-kick.
Pogba was dispossessed on five occasions and finished with pass completion for just 71 per cent during the bitter clash.
Fortunately for the Euro 2016 finalist, Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to level from the penalty spot with six minutes remaining to salvage a point for the hosts.
Speaking to BBC Sport’s 606 podcast, ex-Arsenal striker Wright offered some advice to Pogba over his social media antics.
“He didn’t play well. He has had some really good performances recently but Sunday wasn’t one of them,” Wright said.
“I’m seeing a lot on social media about his hashtag and emoji. It seems like now if you do stuff like that, you’ve got to play well. You’ve got to make sure people can’t point their fingers and throw that back in your face. They did because he played pretty poorly.”