Paul Pogba’s performances at Juventus allowed him to return to Manchester United in 2016 for a then world-record transfer fee of 89 million pounds. The fee remained as the highest-paid by an English club and created a widespread debate about the money in football. Pogba was signed by then-manager Jose Mourinho, who clearly saw Pogba as the centerpiece to his Man United project and also felt Pogba possessed both the ability and charisma to contribute to Man United’s revival. Since his arrival from Juventus, he has managed 24 goals and 23 assists in the Premier League. Somewhere last year during the summer break, Pogba was on a promotional trip to Asia where he gave an interview saying he needed a new challenge, and that has caused waves back in Europe.
Where could he go?
Rumors speculate that Pogba will be joining a new club come this summer with or without the blessing from Manchester United, and there is a possibility that the Frenchman’s request to leave will happen. Clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, and Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing the Frenchman. Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has spoken highly and has not hidden his love for his compatriot. He attempted to sign Pogba last summer, but Real Madrid had already spent over 300 million Euros. Pogba has been on the wish list for Zidane, who could bid for him in the summer since Pogba is not a happy person at Old Trafford. However, the big issue is Man United chief executive officer Ed Woodward’s 150 million pounds valuation of Pogba. It is uncertain if Fiorentino Perez is willing to spend much money on Pogba since Neymar and Kylian Mbappe is also his targets this summer. A return to Juventus is a possibility since Pogba sees Italy as his home. Before joining Manchester United, Pogba spent four years at Juventus, and it was a stretch that saw him play his best football moments, but Juventus, having spent so much last summer on Ronaldo will make it difficult for them to sign him that means they need departures to create space and money. They had already signed Aaron Ramsey on a big contract last summer. French giants Paris Saint Germain is another club being linked with a move for Pogba since they have the financial muscle to sign him.
Should Man United sell him?
Pogba will be 27 this year, and there is no indication he would be willing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. As such, it will make sense to sell him. Man United’s fan base is indecisive when it comes to the issue of Pogba. A section of the fans sees Pogba as a world-class midfielder, which was backed by his impressive 13 goals and nine assists in the Premier League last season, but others think he is too inconsistent to be trusted any longer. If Man United wants to challenge for the league title next season, they need committed players who are willing to put in 100 percent week in week out. Man United can get a reasonable fee if they sell him this summer because he has a two years contract left, and it will be wise to sell him sooner rather than later. The Chief Executive Officer Ed Woodward believes commercial aspects counts in modern-day football. It is true since the signing of Pogba has given a positive impact on Man United social media followings. He is the only member of the Man United squad to have more Instagram followers, Adidas is his primary sponsor as well as Man United. Arguably Pogba is a commercial asset more than any player in the premier league. His market value is too high for Woodward to sanction his exit.
What next for Pogba and Man United?
Pogba has played 71 minutes since September due to a recurring injury in his right ankle. According to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Pogba is a few weeks away from full fitness. Pogba has undoubtedly not made Solskjaer’s job easier. Solskjaer is subjected to questions about the future of Paul Pogba at Manchester United on multiple occasions.
Man United may not be in their best shape on the field, but they have the most significant global fan base, and Pogba is treating them like an ordinary club. Everyone thought Mourinho was not making him happy, but from the look of things, Pogba himself is not willing to play for the club again. Meanwhile, the recent signing of Bruno Fernandes indicates the readiness of Man United to move forward without Pogba, a smart decision for Man united to sell if the right fee comes.