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Thierry Henry defends Mbappe after PSG fans slam ‘terrible’ attitude

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Fans were vocal in their criticism of Kylian Mbappe after his on-pitch sulking episode against Montpellier.

Thierry Henry has defended Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe from the fallout over his actions at the weekend.

After missing PSG’s season opener, Mbappe made a scoring return in Saturday’s 5-2 victory over Montpellier. It sealed the reigning Ligue 1 champions another three points to preserve their lead at the top of the standings.

But Mbappe also saw a penalty saved in the first half. He later appeared to stop running and turn his back during a play after Vitinha favored passing the ball to Lionel Messi instead of him – leading to criticism from some unimpressed fans on social media.

“It’s his place. He will, of course, have to show it [his best level] as he has shown from the start. But he has nothing to prove to anyone,” Henry said on Amazon Prime Video about the Mbappe incident.

“The coach [Christophe Galtier] will have to find a way to play the three [Messi, Neymar, Mbappe] and make them happy…good luck.

“At PSG, there is always a debate, a problem. They won 5-2 and we’re talking about Mbappe. Last year, it was Neymar and it will always be like that. It’s PSG.”

PSG will face Lille for their next Ligue 1 match this Sunday at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.