Former ​Manchester United defender Patrice Evra has come out in defence of Paul Pogba following criticism of the French midfielder in what has been an injury-ridden campaign for the World Cup winner.

The former France left-back stated that he thinks it is time for his compatriot to leave the Red Devils as he is being criticised at every step of his career at the Old Trafford – even when he is out injured and not playing.

Evra brought up his own experience at Marseille and suggested that it is perhaps time for the French midfielder to move away from the negativity and find a new place for himself.

"Paul, when he's playing, people blame Paul; when he's not playing, people blame Paul," said Evra, as per Mirror.

"But I understand, sometimes I don't agree with Roy, but when you are a problem for the club... I give my example, when I kicked that fan in Marseille, the owner and the manager, they came and said: 'Patrice, what are we going to do now?'

"And I said: 'I'm leaving.' I don't want to bring any negativity around the club, and right now, maybe it will be time for Paul to leave, because I remember when it was a big game, Liverpool vs Manchester United, people were talking more about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.

"This is insulting, for the two biggest clubs in the world to be talking about one player and one manager, that's why sometimes I think it's time, because when you play, they blame you, when you [don't] play, they blame you."