For anyone who followed the Manchester United transfer window even semi-closely, you’ll know that Paul Pogba wanted to leave Old Trafford.
Well, the Premier League season starts today and he’s still here. There’s still the possibility that the mercurial Frenchman could move overseas as the European transfer period doesn’t close for a couple of weeks – though it looks highly unlikely as the Red Devils wouldn’t be able to replace their star midfielder.
In an exclusive last night from the Daily Mirror, it is now being reported that Pogba has given Manchester United assurances that he will not split the dressing room in the 2019/20 season.
Apparently, Pogba held talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and told the United manager that he’s fully committed to helping the Reds move in the right direction. On the back of that, the 26-year-old is now a serious candidate for the captaincy role in the absence of Ashley Young (who is officially club captain).
Over the summer several ‘serious and frank’ conversations were held between Pogba and Solskjaer with the manager worried the midfielder could have been a negative force. Fortunately, that will not be the case.
The fact that Pogba has accepted United’s refusal to sell him this summer is huge. He’ll earn newfound respect from fans and players alike, and ala Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid, if he remains calm and honest, United will let him go when the time is right.
For me, this will go either way. Giving Pogba the arm-band could either be a stroke of genius or an absolute disaster. I guess we’ll get a good indicator as to which way it’ll go later today…