Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has launched a fierce defence of Paul Pogba, stating that it is not the player’s fault that he is a millionaire and some fans “need every penny to survive”.

Mourinho described the 24-year-old’s critics as “envious” and insisted that Pogba “does not give an ass” what they think about him.

The Portuguese was speaking ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie against Rostov at Old Trafford, days after Pogba put in another indifferent performance in their 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final.

“I feel that the world is losing values and we all know that and envy is coming into certain levels that I am scared with,” Mourinho said on Wednesday at a pre-match news conference.

“It is not Paul’s fault that he gets 10 times the money that some very good players get. It is not Paul’s fault that some fans are in trouble and need every penny to survive and that he is a multi-millionaire.

“He needs respect, his family deserve respect. He is from a working family, a family with three boys and I am sure they need a lot of food on their table each day because they are all giants, so I’m sure that the mum and dad had to work hard for many, many years for them.

“A kid that comes to Manchester as a teen to fight for his career here and was not afraid to work for a better life. He reached the top of the world, nobody gave him anything.

“I am very happy with Paul. The club is very happy with Paul and I think the good thing is because of his personality he does not listen to what people say. He does not give an ass about criticism.”

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