Bryan Robson believes Manchester United players need to help raise each other’s games in order to succeed after a slow start to the Premier League campaign, which has seen them lose two of their opening four fixtures.
“Within a football club you’ve all got to get on well together,” the former club captain told ESPN FC. “You don’t have to be friends but, after getting off to a slow start, that’s the time when you all pull together.”
“You’ve got to have belief in your teammates and in yourself,” he added. “You’ve got to start raising your own game.
“It’s not all about having a go at people, it’s about encouraging your teammates as well.
“That’s really important for me in football that, as teammates, you’ve got a responsibility in the dressing room to have a go at each other if you think somebody is being lazy or slacking in training.
“If somebody’s been brilliant, you praise them. You try to then get more out of them.”
Rumours of strife between the pair have been swirling around since the summer, and were given fuel by Pogba’s comments after United’s win over Leicester City in their first Premier League game of the season, when he implied he wasn’t happy at the club.
“Within a football club you’ve all got to get on well together,” Robson told ESPN FC. “You don’t have to be friends but, after getting off to a slow start, that’s the time when you all pull together.”
The former United captain also believes some of the criticism of Pogba is unfair.
“He came through the ranks when the Class of 92 were there,” Robson said. “He knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player.
“There is a little bit of unfair criticism for me about Paul. Every time Manchester United don’t play well and get a poor result, it always seems to be Paul who gets most of the criticism.
“If I just look at one game this season when we were really poor, our worst game of the season – against Brighton – there were a lot of other players who have to take responsibility. Not just Paul.”
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel does not believe there is any dressing room disharmony and feels the Red Devils are making progress under Jose Mourinho’s management.
There has been plenty of talk of tension at United, whose start to the Premier League season has seen them claim six points from four matches.
“What I see is progress; it’s getting better, we’ve got better players, more exciting players, players who are inspirational for the fans,” Schmeichel said.
Watch the Great Dane’s comments in the video below.