We’ve been here before, right? A few days after the international break and the main topic of conversation seems to be Paul Pogba.
The Manchester United midfielder returned to training on Wednesday as a Nations League winner, and although he does not have the same prestige as a World Cup or Euro winner medal, it is still an impressive recognition.
If you were not watching the game, Pogba delivered an impressive performance in the middle of the pitch, emphasizing why it was his best position. Acting as number eight without defensive tasks is exactly where you want him to play. He had an 84% pass accuracy, won 11 terrain duels, completed six successful dribbles and two additional clearances in a complete all-round display.
But it would not have been an international break if we had not heard anything about his future at United. It would always happen, whether you like it or not.
When asked about his future after France’s victory over Belgium on Thursday, the 28-year-old told The sports media set : “I always talk to my former teammates, like Paulo [Dybala].
“I’m in Manchester, I still have a year left on my contract and then we’ll see. I want to end the season strong and then we have to see what happens.”
Pogba has less than 12 months left on his current United deal, but recent reports have indicated a willingness on the part of the Frenchman to sign a new contract with his current club.
A report from The athlete has suggested that United have made a contract offer to Pogba, which would make him the second highest earner at the club at close to £ 400,000 per year. week — about 100,000 pounds more than at present.
Apparently he is open to signing again, but he takes time as it is a huge decision for a player his age. It’s probably his last big contract at a club unless he’s as consistent as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
However, is MEN understands that although United hope Pogba will commit to the club, he still has not agreed anything and is open to all possibilities. He could stay, but he could also walk.
There is no doubt that Pogba is a world class player and in his day he is unplayable. But do we see that day enough in a United shirt? This has probably been the biggest talking point of his entire career at Old Trafford so far. Brilliant but inconsistent.
Pogba could leave United, yes, but are there better opportunities for him? Paris Saint-Germain? Maybe. Real Madrid? I think United have a better team to be honest. Juventus? Same situation as Madrid. The grass is not always greener on the other side.
It says a lot that Pogba does not have his own individual song with United fans, despite being at the club longer than Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani.
United, however, have a bigger problem than that. Can anyone remember the problem Alexis Sanchez posed for the club? Yes, Pogba is not Sanchez, but the amount of revolt his contract caused with other players was unlike anything seen before. It was a dark period at Old Trafford.
Pogba is influential on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team and has started the season so well with his seven assists, but is he United’s talisman? You’ll have to say no when he shares a dressing room with Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Ronaldo obviously wants to be the highest paid player, but does Pogba deserve to be the second highest if we go from reports? I know he brings star and everything, but Fernandes is certainly the one who deserves it when you consider the influence he has had since signing.
One of the tasks for United when Jose Mourinho left was to balance the books so that rewarding Pogba with so much money has the potential to cause conflict again.
Hopefully it will not cause any disruption because Solskjær’s squad seems like a humble bunch, but United must be on guard against any problems it may create.
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