Rio hits back at Pogba critics

Pogba produced a spectacular second-half display to inspire the Red Devils to an unlikely victory at the Etihad after it seemed as if the Sky Blues would obliterate their rivals and secure the Premier League title, after a dominating first-half display.

"Paul Pogba was the talk before the game and he went on to make sure he was the talk after it, for the reasons he so desperately wants them to be," Ferdinand wrote on his official Instagram.

"Knowing Paul, he will want to be talked about as a great player, but his extravagant hairstyles and dance moves have too often overshadowed his performances.

"Flashy hair and being seen to enjoy every bit of life is just the way Paul Pogba is and that’s his choice, so it must be respected. All he has to do is make sure he keeps producing performances and goals like we saw against City – that will be the conversation with him rather than the other stuff.

Ferdinand who lifted six league titles during his time at Old Trafford paid special homage to the entire squad who have faced massive criticism for not being able to sustain a title challenged against Pep Guardiola's champions-elect.

"Beaten by your rivals at their ground and to then have to sit there and watch them lift the Premier League trophy – all of this while the home fans laugh at you there downtrodden, embarrassed, worthless, a beaten man/team," the former England defender wrote.

"So to see the way the Manchester United team came back from two goals down, and it could have been more had City finished their chances, signifies to me that these guys really do care about playing for the shirt and how desperate they were not to allow that nightmare to become a reality!"