​Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Paul Pogba amid criticism surrounding the player following his ​penalty miss against ​Wolves in United’s previous league game. The Frenchman has been facing criticism ever since, including racial abuse targeted at him on Twitter.

However, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his player, stating that while everyone – including Pogba himself – has high expectations from the Frenchman, it is not possible for him to perform at the level of Roy Keane, Veron, Giggs and the likes combined.

“He expects a lot from himself as well,” Solskjaer was quoted by The Guardian. “We expect a lot from him but we know that we can’t get Roy Keane, Verón, Scholes, Giggs and Cantona in one player. It’s hard. He’s a top, top player.”

The Norwegian reiterated that the World Cup winner is someone on whom high hopes are placed and is hopeful that Pogba will be consistent this season with his performances during the crunch part of the season.

“We do expect a lot from our players and we have high hopes this season. Hopefully, we can be consistent and challenge when we come to April and May and Paul plays a big part in that.”

​Manchester United face Crystal Palace later tonight and would be hoping to secure a win at the Old Trafford.