Paul Pogba is closing in on a return to action as he steps up his comeback from injury.
The Evening Standard reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was considering naming him in the squad for the Tottenham game, had it not been called off.
Yet throughout Pogba’s slow return from injury, the question of whether he was coming back for United, or France, dogged the situation.
Many questions have been asked about Pogba’s desire to play for United, with his long injury lay-offs causing frustration among supporters.
To see him potentially return shortly before a round of international fixtures at the end of March, now cancelled, made the questions over Pogba’s motivations more pressing.
Euro 2020 now postponed for a year
UEFA announced this week that the Euros will be postponed until 2021.
This is undoubtedly a blow to Pogba’s chances of landing a big money move this summer.
A strong showing at the tournament this summer would have been his best route out of Old Trafford, if that’s what he wants.
And if Pogba was rushing to return for United, so he would get picked by France and be in good shape for Euro 2020.
In other words, if Pogba is not fussed about United, he would have reason to prolong his injury recovery.
We are about to find out what United mean to the Frenchman, if the season resumes, and whether he is willing to buy into this new-feel Bruno Fernandes led team.
Conflicting reports but Solskjaer adamant
There are conflicting reports over Pogba’s future. That’s why we need to see it.
The Mail claimed last week that Pogba was considering signing a new deal and staying at United.
Today’s edition of The Sun claim United are determined to cash in on him and are slashing the asking price.
Solskjaer is adamant he will stay. He told Sky Sports last week: “Paul’s our player. He has two years left on his contract, a year plus the option of another. You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.”
The Euros being moved takes much of the ambiguity out of the situation now. All the focus is on United.
Either Pogba is up for it, or he isn’t. But if he is, there’s a greater indication he is playing for the club, and not using it as a means to an end to get fit for France.
There remains a chance he will be playing for a summer move, but the lack of Euros makes that a lot harder, if United really want a £100 million plus fee.
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