Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes that Paul Pogba will not leave the club at the end of the season if the Red Devils manage to win the Premier League title. The Frenchman’s future has been a topic of debate for some time, with a return to Italian champions Juventus among the potential solutions mentioned in recent months.
Speculation was fuelled in early December when Pogba’s agent, the notoriously outspoken Mino Raiola, suggested that his client was unhappy and seeking a summer move away from Old Trafford.
However, United have since experienced a surge in winning form, climbing from ninth in the league table to reach top spot with 24 points from their last ten matches.
The Red Devils look a strong bet to secure their first Premier League title in eight years if Pogba and his team-mates can ward off the challenge from the chasing pack, led by local rivals Manchester City who are two points adrift with a game in hand.
The 27-year-old has performed well at the heart of United’s midfield as of late, claiming three goals and an assist since the defeat to Southampton at the end of November.
Ferdinand, who made 455 appearances for the club between 2002 and 2014, has claimed that Pogba will decide against leaving if he can help his side to Premier League glory this season.
“I don’t know but whenever I’ve spoken to Paul Pogba, Paul Pogba is happiest when he’s playing on a regular basis,” Ferdinand told the Five YouTube channel.
“When he’s playing consistently, when he’s playing good football and when he’s winning, he’s a happy person.
“Manchester United right now must be a happy place for Paul Pogba to be. So, for him to go somewhere else, if they win the league, I think it will be very difficult for him to walk out.”
The Frenchman has previously reaffirmed his commitment to United, telling fans via Instagram last month that he ‘will always fight’ for the club in what appeared to be a thinly-veiled response to Raiola’s earlier comments.
Ferdinand continued, explaining that he feels Pogba wants to build a strong legacy at the club, an aim that has not yet been achieved since his return in 2016.
“I think he’s the type of person who’d want to continue that and create a legacy at this football club.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed earlier this week that he enjoys a strong relationship with Pogba, dismissing ongoing rumours of a rift between the player and the club.
“My job is to be open and honest with him,” said Solskjaer.
“I’ve never had a problem with him. I talk openly and directly with Paul.
“He comes from a great family, he’s a very sensible boy and he knows what I’m talking about when we speak.”
Pogba has made 182 appearances for United since rejoining five years ago, and remains under contract until the end of next season.