Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Paul Pogba he will have to learn to deal with pressure if he is to develop into one of the world’s top players.
Pogba, the most expensive footballer in history, endured an afternoon to forget at Old Trafford on Sunday as he gave away a penalty during Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Liverpool.
Much was expected of the French midfielder heading into the game after his impressive form of late but, although he failed to deliver on the day, Ibrahimovic believes his young team-mate will learn from the experience.
“Pressure is something I enjoy,” Ibrahimovic said. “I don’t know Paul personally to be able to answer that for him. But I think he likes it also because, without pressure, we would not be on our toes at the top level.
“If you want to play at the top, pressure is 24 hours, and if you play well or better the pressure becomes even greater.
“So it’s something that we learn from and something we have to handle because we belong to the top, Paul belongs to the top absolutely and the pressure will be there.”