Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly furious at Mino Raiola for his recent comments on Paul Pogba. And, if that’s the case, it must lead to Ed Woodward getting rid of the France international for good. This saga has gone on for too long and a parting of the ways is clearly for the best – in January, too.
United were preparing for a huge Champions League clash against RB Leipzig last week when Raiola claimed Pogba’s time at the club was coming to an end.
“There’s no point beating about the bush. It’s better to speak out clearly, look forward and avoid wasting time to find culprits,” he said.
“Paul is unhappy at Manchester United, he can’t manage to express himself like he wants to and like people expect him to.
“He needs to change team, he needs a change of scenery.
“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but the best solution for all parties is a transfer in the next window.
“Otherwise the Old Trafford club, which I have a great relationship with, knows well that they would risk losing him on a free transfer, given that at the moment it’s not the player’s intention to extend the contract.”
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If Solskjaer is as angry as he’s claimed to be, Woodward simply can’t allow uncertainty and speculation over Pogba’s future to rumble on.
This isn’t the first time the France international has tried to quit Old Trafford. It’s actually the third, not counting the time he was successful in 2012.
In 2018, he sought a move to Barcelona. Yet when the Catalan giants proposed a low fee and a swap involving Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina, Woodward said no.
Pogba thought he would be able to join Real Madrid in 2019 but that didn’t happen, either, with Solskjaer flatly refusing to let him go.
And now there’s the 2020 saga.
This time, United should just pull the trigger. With Pogba struggling for form for the best part of two years, it’s time to cut the cord.
They’ve got Donny van de Beek waiting in the wings while, at youth level, they also possess the promising Hannibal Mejbri – who can play in Pogba’s position.
And if United were to get a good fee for their No 6, they could pump it into a potential transfer deal for Jack Grealish or Jadon Sancho.
Pogba may be a good player on his day.
But he’s simply not done it enough during his time in England.