Manchester United are planning to sell Paul Pogba next summer.
When the Frenchman made the move to Old Trafford in 2016, big things were expected. Instead, we’ve been left disappointed with Paul Pogba far more often than not.
Unfortunately, I can count his world-class performances on one hand, which when you’re spending £89million to sign him, just isn’t good enough.
Now, it looks as though his days at the Theatre of Dreams are numbered. According to talkSPORT, United are planning to sell the 27-year-old superstar next summer.
According to their insider, Alex Crook, Pogba is not part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s long-term plans. That does make sense, given the fact that the Frenchman has been relegated to the bench on numerous occasions this season.
Check out what Crook had to say about United looking to sell Pogba here:
“There has been a lot debate across talkSPORT over the past couple of weeks: can he play in the same team as Bruno Fernandes?
“Are his days at Manchester United numbered? I think they may well be.
“It’s my understanding United plan to cash in on him next summer. They triggered an extra year in his contract [until 2022] earlier this season, but that was as much to protect their sell-on value to stop him leaving on a free transfer.
“I don’t think it necessarily suggests he’s part of their long-term plans. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have realised he can’t play both Fernandes and Pogba together.
“You’ve got to say United have looked a far better side without him in it lately, as they illustrated at Goodison Park when Solskjaer really needed a victory.
“Ultimately, he will end up at Real Madrid. But again we talk about the [coronavirus] pandemic; given his lack of minutes this season and the financial crisis engulfing the whole of football, United may well have to accept a vastly reduced fee than they would have done a couple of years ago.”
This isn’t the first time this week a pundit has urged Pogba to be sold. Jamie Carragher also said something similar just yesterday. You get the distinct impression that everyone has been left completely underwhelmed with what the World Cup winner is doing on the field.
For United, it’s now about recouping as much of the £89million transfer fee as possible. I’d be surprised if they can get close to that fee, given his contractual situation.
When next summer rolls around, Pogba will be entering into the final year of his contract, so at that point, it’s decision time. United would either have to sell him at reduced fee, or risk losing him for nothing the summer after. We know how much the current ownership love their money, so letting Pogba walk away for nothing is simply not an option.
I guess the problem is that with coronavirus still wreaking havoc on the footballing landscape, just how many clubs can afford to take a risk on Pogba? Real Madrid? Juventus? Manchester City? PSG? That’s probably the full list.
Right now, United need to think about themselves first and foremost. Pogba hasn’t cut the mustard here and the extra baggage he brings just isn’t being justified by his performances. At this point, the sooner he’s gone, the better.