Paul Pogba Tweets 'Racist Insults Are Ignorance and Can Only Make Me Stronger'

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2019

Manchester United's Paul Pogba leaves the pitch at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in Manchester, England Saturday, Aug, 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Paul Pogba has taken to Twitter to address the racist abuse he has received early in the 2019-20 Premier League season.

The France international said the abuse is making him stronger and is born from ignorance:

Paul Pogba @paulpogba

My ancestors and my parents suffered for my generation to be free today, to work, to take the bus, to play football. Racist insults are ignorance and can only make me stronger and motivate me to fight for the next generation. https://t.co/J9IqyWQj4K

Pogba became a target of abuse after missing a penalty in a 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Week 2 of the season.

More abuse was aimed at team-mate Marcus Rashford after he missed a penalty during Saturday's loss against Crystal Palace:

Troy Townsend @Towno10

Words barely out of my mouth and more targeted racial abuse, this time toward Marcus Rashford. Next week will be fun 😡 https://t.co/2Q2Pqs1M2Z

Per Martyn Ziegler of The Times, Twitter has started monitoring the accounts of several high-profile black players to try to fight the abuse. The company will also meet with United, per Sky Sports.

The topic of online racist abuse of players has dominated headlines early in the season. Per Sky's Joe Shread, Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham was targeted after missing a penalty in the shootout of the UEFA Super Cup loss against Liverpool. Reading's Yakou Meite has also been singled out.

Pogba has started all three of United's Premier League outings so far, recording two assists in the 4-0 win over Chelsea. Earlier, the former Juventus star made it clear he wanted to leave the club in the summer.

On Saturday, he made a costly mistake in the 2-1 loss to Palace, losing the ball in a dangerous area. Goalkeeper David De Gea was more at fault, however, according to sports writer Samuel Luckhurst:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Fair assessment of Pogba by Solskjaer after he was dispossessed for the goal. Unfair to pin the goal on him when De Gea was done at his near post again #mufc https://t.co/j61p5ob9N7

United will visit Southampton on Saturday in their final match before the international break.