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Man Utd veteran Mata defends 'important' Pogba: He's always been positive

Juan Mata has defended Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba against claims the World Cup winner has 'laid down the tools'.

Critics believe Pogba, who is currently recovering from injury in Dubai, has not performed well this season on purpose after missing out on a move to Real Madrid this past summer.

But Mata says the Frenchman has maintained a positive attitude throughout the season.

"Paul is genuinely a great guy," said the Spain international. "He's positive towards life and he's positive towards football.

"He's injured now but his attitude is good. As a midfielder, I've spoken many times about him, he's very complete as a player.

"For every club he would be very important, and for us he is very important."

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