Paul Pogba has provided the perfect answer to those claiming Manchester United blew their money when bringing him back to the club in 2016.

A place in the World Cup final with France should silence all that ludicrous talk about his hair, his social media activity and the rest. Pogba has developed his game superbly and has shown that throughout this tournament.

After the semi-final win over Belgium on Tuesday, United boss Jose Mourinho had praise for Pogba’s “mature” display. That suggests something given how open and critical Mourinho was last season whenever the Frenchman underperformed.

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It definitely helps to play alongside N’Golo Kante of Chelsea, but it would for any midfielder in the world. The former Leicester City star covers so much ground and Didier Deschamps was able to get a more disciplined performance out of Pogba against Belgium, without the silly flicks and tricks that usually sees possession turned over anyway.

However, Pogba has insisted he was not getting ahead of himself, with Sunday’s final just around the corner. But he enjoyed laying into the haters.

“They can criticise me, but they cannot criticise what I do on the pitch,” he said, as per The Mirror. “I have a love of football in my heart. I always will. If I hear good things or bad things, I will keep fighting.

“Obviously, it’s not done yet. It’s a dream. We are going through to the World Cup final – but you have to realise that dream.”

Although people still claim he struggles at United, Pogba basically did just what he does for the Reds but against Belgium. The difference is he was magnificent on Tuesday night.

“I could always do one thing – and it was to play football. It was my love, my first love and today everything is fine,” he said.

“We are winning. It’s always nice to win and to hear good things about the team, about yourself and everything.

“But I can improve and get better and better. I wouldn’t say that I’m young – but I’m not old yet! We are going through nice things right now, so we want to finish it and prove ourselves.”