Manchester United fans have remained divided in regards to Paul Pogba for practically his three-year stint at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old superstar has truly been hit and miss throughout. From putting in a memorable performance away at Manchester City in the come-from-behind derby day win, to going completely missing in several high profile games.
After being confronted by a fan on the season’s final day and constant flirting with Real Madrid, it always felt like Pogba was angling for a move elsewhere after a turbulent time back ‘home’.
Today, the player has all-but confirmed he wants to leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer, stating that he wants a ‘new challenge somewhere else’…
“Like you said, there is a lot of talking and a lot of thinking as well,” Pogba is quoted as saying by The Guardian. “For me, I have been for three years in Manchester and have been doing great; some good moments and some bad moments, like everybody. Like everywhere else.
“After this season and everything that happened this season, with my season being my best season as well … I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
For me, there has been far more bad than good from Pogba. Sure, his last season was probably his best, particularly that initial spell under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But again, towards the season’s end, he faded and scoring a few penalties isn’t going to change my view on that.
It’s a tough one for United because not only is Pogba their most talented player (on paper at least), he’s also their most marketable asset and we all know just how much Ed Woodward loves that.
If the right offer comes in, from Real Madrid or elsewhere, then I’d be seriously tempted to cash in and move in a different direction. Without having any inside information whatsoever, I do feel that he’s as much apart of the problem as anyone else – and the only way to get away from that is by letting him go.
The good news is that United would get a sizeable fee from whoever the eventual buyer is, and no doubt Pogba will go on to be brilliant elsewhere. That’s just football, though, and the Red Devils have this French burden weighing them down that I think they need to move on from.