Pogba silenced his critics with World Cup displays – Ibrahimovic

Paul Pogba has had to contend with criticism since returning to England, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he silenced his doubters in Russia.

France's Paul Pogba   -  Getty Images

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes his former Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba silenced his doubters with his performances in France's successful World Cup campaign.

France beat Croatia 4-2 in Russia on Sunday to clinch its second World Cup title, with Didier Deschamps' men looking solid – if not spectacular – throughout their campaign.

Kylian Mbappe drew most of the plaudits for his thrilling displays, but Pogba was a key figure in midfield and really stepped up a level in the knockout phase.

Although Pogba's imaginative passing and technical ability were frequently shown, he also provided evidence of a combative side which has rarely been associated with him during his time at Old Trafford.

And Ibrahimovic is adamant Pogba's performances and trophy successes prove his quality.

"I played with him for two years and people like to give their opinion, which they have the right to do," Ibrahimovic told reporters. "They judge but I think the result speaks for itself.

"You don't need to answer by your mouth, you can answer by your feet, and do what you are good at. That is the way it is supposed to be and the way I like to do it.

"He is young. He won the World Cup, he was in the Champions League final [when at Juventus], the Europa League final [with United], the Euro 2016 final [with France] - and he won many titles at Juventus.

"What more is there to say? Just enjoy the games and I know he will become better."

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