Paul Pogba’s ongoing injury absence is a constant source of frustration to Manchester United fans.
While the team toiled at Bramall Lane on Sunday, Pogba was nowhere to be seen as he continues his rehabilitation from an ankle injury.
Pogba is expected back in early December. It’s possible he could return to face Manchester City in three games time, with ESPN reporting it has been pencilled in as a comeback date.
More stories have emerged over the past 48 hours linking Pogba with a move to Real Madrid.
Spanish outlet Cadena Cope claim Pogba is reluctant to return for United because he is eyeing a January transfer.
If this is true, then Pogba will lose the respect of the United supporters who are still sticking by him.
Many have already bought into conspiracy theories that he is not injured, and he hasn’t helped himself by posting videos of himself playing basketball during the international break.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played this down, telling The Telegraph: “I don’t see many basketball players, tackling, twisting and turning their ankles and training with studs on. He’s not ready to train.”
Pogba is at a critical stage of recovery now. He should be back soon, but lets face it, these rumours help nobody.
The Spanish press have a clear agenda to destabilise Pogba’s relationship with United.
If as supporters we take what’s in the media as gospel, then we are helping to engineer Pogba’s exit.
It’s understandable Pogba is not happy with United’s league position and lack of Champions League football. This isn’t what he signed up for.
But he is here, he is under contract, and he has a great opportunity now to come back and play a crucial role in helping the team show more consistency and push for a top four place.
If it gets to January and he has not played a minute, then there will be more cause for concern.
For the time being, Pogba deserves the benefit of the doubt.
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