Frank Lampard admits he was worried about meeting Manchester United star Paul Pogba having criticised him on TV.
Being one of the biggest names in world football, Pogba’s displays are often assessed in the media and he has been criticised for his below par performances in recent seasons amid the club’s struggles.
Lampard was one of several pundits to have given his honest view on the Frenchman when the former Chelsea star was working in the media before moving into management.
He’s now opened up on the difficulty he found in going from a player to a pundit and having to speak his mind, admitting he ‘felt terrible’ after criticising Pogba.
Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, Lampard said:
‘It was challenging because I think you have an in-between period where you still feel like a bit of a player and you’ve still got some mates in the game.
‘I’d like to think that I’m a decent person. I remember saying some things about Pogba in the first year in a couple of games, saying some things as a midfield player.
‘When I came out of it and actually met him, I walked into it, you know, like you’re kind of ‘oh I don’t want to bump into him’. I felt terrible.
‘I don’t know whether you get over that or not. But I think you have to be honest. You can’t sit on the fence and you have to say it straight.’