When football resumes we do not want to see players going through the motions.
We want to see a combination of fight and flair from our top stars. It is overdue for Paul Pogba to demonstrate why he is one of the world’s best footballers.
Two summers ago Pogba led France to the 2018 World Cup. It could be the pinnacle of his career.
He is 27-years-old now, and Pogba should be peaking. Injuries have robbed him of most of this past season, now it is time for him to make up for lost time.
Pogba should forget about transfers, forget about playing for Real Madrid or Juventus, and concentrate on Manchester United.
No exit route is on the table, and nor is there likely to be one imminently.
All of Pogba’s interests lie in one direction – playing well for Manchester United and leading us to silverware.
If Pogba can do this, whether this season’s Europa League and FA Cup, or bigger prizes next season, he can have everything he wants.
He will have grown closer to finally fulfilling his United potential, and letting him leave will be more acceptable.
Suddenly, clubs will dig a bit deeper to pay a big fee for him, a year removed from this global crisis, and his own year of injury hell.
But this is about more than transfer fees and where he plays.
This is about Pogba being able to look himself in the eye and say confidently he is one of the world’s best.
Two year gap
A lot can happen in two years, and it has done in the time since Pogba lifted the World Cup in Russia.
In 2018, Jose Mourinho was United manager, Ashley Young was an England international, and Mason Greenwood had not even played an under-23 game for United.
These examples of the evolving football world show how quickly football can change.
So Paul Pogba cannot simply say he is automatically be a world class elite level player on reputation alone.
He has to go out and show it. Show that in 2020 he is still better than his peers.
He has the talent, and his fellow professionals know it. Look at Andre Gray’s comments about him last month.
Speaking to Threesixtytv, Gray said: “Whenever I’ve played against Pogba, four or five times now, no-one can get near him.
“He might not set the world on fire and score top-corner goals. But you cannot get near the kid – he’s always somewhere you’re not and you can’t fathom it.”
It is the rest of the world Pogba must convince. The fans, the pundits, the social media generation. He should show he has still got it.
Not because he needs to, but because he wants to.
It was the burning desire to always want to be the best which made Sir Alex Ferguson’s team win title after title.
There will always be fresh challenges, and you have to embrace them, or risk being left as yesterday’s man.
It will have been so frustrating for Pogba to have been sat out on the sidelines for months.
He should be motivated to show he is worldclass, and show this to a global audience.
If he returns with this attitude, then Manchester United are going to be big winners.
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