Despite being involved in both goals – first playing the through-ball from which France were awarded a penalty, before a looped effort deflected in off the bar – many critics felt Pogba could have done more.
But Ibrahimovic, who played alongside Pogba for two seasons at United, felt his old teammate was the only player trying to make things happen.
He told beIN SPORTS: I know him very well. I dont read a lot of media but I see a lot of critics against him.
Obviously when you make so much money as he does, if you cost so much money, people will criticise you out of jealousy, out of just having an opinion.
But if I look at the midfielders in that team, he wanted it more [than the rest put together]. Maybe Matuidi can open his mouth and say what he wants, but the rest cannot say nothing.
He played in a European final, UEFA Cup final, and hes won trophies. And hes still young and hes still improving.
If you want to talk, you talk about the other ones who didnt win. He won. He is doing his job and hes getting better and hes becoming more mature.
Expectations are high, obviously, because we know how good he is. But as I know him personally, he works very hard, hes very professional, he wants always to improve and when I see all this criticism from everyone its all jealously because he makes more money than them.
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