De Gea pays tribute to 'two special guys' Pogba and Lingard
The news Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard will leave Manchester United did not come as a surprise, but it represents the end of an era.
The duo were popular players in the dressing room and their presence will be missed by their teammates, even if supporters’ attitudes towards the pair are indifferent at best.
Goalkeeper David de Gea summed up the feeling of the players with a tribute post on social media to the departing pair.
‘Two special guys’
De Gea’s message referenced ‘two special guys’ who he said he had shared ‘amazing memories’ with. Pogba and Lingard both helped United win the League Cup and Europa League in 2017, and Lingard the FA Cup in 2016.
Unfortunately the trophies dried up for United after 2017, and neither Pogba or Lingard were able to push the team on.
Letting go of the pair is in the best interests of the team, and both players, who really need fresh starts away from the club.
Lingard leaves United with 29 goals in 232 appearances, while Pogba scored 39 goals in 239 games for the club.
Pogba in particular leaves with a sense he could have accomplished a lot more, while Lingard will always be able to point to his FA Cup winning goal as a career highlight.
Both players were part of United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup winning team. They are ‘two special guys’ to take that and build it into successful careers at pro level, but it’s time for a new era now.
The current under-18s won the 2022 FA Youth Cup, and Pogba and Lingard’s departures will help open up paths for the development of the latest crop of young talents.