It’s looking increasingly unlikely that Paul Pogba will be fit to feature in Manchester United’s Champions League last-16 first leg clash at Atletico Madrid.
The club’s interim boss Ralf Rangnick confirmed in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s FA Cup tie against Aston Villa that the Frenchman was no closer to returning to action.
The Reds travel to the Wanda Metropolitano on 23 February which is six weeks away.
But judging by Rangnick’s timeframe of him being out for another potential five weeks, United’s number six may have only just returned to training.
The World Cup winner hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since early November where he was brought off against Atalanta, following a lacklustre performance.
The former Juventus man hasn’t completed the full 90 minutes since mid-October, so the chances of him being thrown straight back into first team action is extremely slim.
Despite registering seven assists from the opening four Premier League matches, Pogba, who is yet to score this season, hasn’t registered a goalscoring contribution since Cristiano Ronaldo’s homecoming in September.
Paul Pogba’s contract saga rumbles on
As Pogba’s absence ticks on, his time at Manchester United looks to be petering out, as his contract continues to run down.
A report via The Sun last week claimed Pogba had been offered £500,000 a week, although this ludicrous offer has since been denied.
A statement from Pogba himself, told The Mail: “To clarify media reports, Paul has not been offered a new contract in recent months. Paul is fully focused on his recovery from injury with the aim of helping the team as soon as possible.”
However, former England women’s footballer Lianne Sanderson, now working as a TV pundit, has urged United to let the Frenchman go.
United not been able to cash in on Pogba
Despite Pogba’s contract expiring in June, United have not received any offers which they have even been able to consider.
But this isn’t just in the winter window, according to The Mail, United haven’t received a single offer for Pogba since the summer.
Pogba won’t be short of offers if he does leave the club on a lucrative free transfer for the second time in his career, but the lack of interest shows the uncertainty the top clubs in Europe have signing Pogba, which also means bringing his agent Mino Raiola along as well.
The contract situation will no doubt rumble on, but United haven’t even been given the opportunity to consider recouping some of the money we forked out on resigning the academy graduate in a cut-price deal.
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