Manchester United have to be wary of Paul Pogba's reported contract demands
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is open to extending his stay at the club but only if Ralf Rangnick is appointed as the club’s next permanent manager.
According to the Sun, the World Cup winner has been so ‘impressed’ with the German during a number talks with him that he is ready to commit his long-term future to the club.
It does seem bizarre that United’s number six is all of a sudden willing to perform a U-turn before he has even played under the 63-year-old.
But with the 28-year-old’s contract at United expiring in June there are likely to be several sub narratives that come out of the Pogba camp, led by agent Mino Raiola.
The former Juventus man has been pictured building up his fitness out in Dubai during the international break ahead of a potential return against Middlesbrough on Friday night.
Pogba hasn’t featured for the Red Devils since November after he picked up a thigh injury whilst training with the France national side.
The report by the Sun states that Rangnick’s ‘vision of the future and the part Pogba can play at United has won over the player’.
United’s interim boss has started to convince the £89m (BBC Sport) man that he ‘can build a midfield and indeed a team around him’.
Fans hoped that the team would be built around Pogba when he returned to the club under Jose Mourinho, but that hasn’t materialised.
It’s all good and well if Pogba wants to sign a new contract at United, but it shouldn’t have to be at the proviso that he dictates who our next manager is.
As things stand, Rangnick is due to move upstairs into a two-year consultancy role following the conclusion of his interim spell in charge.
If Rangnick secures a top four spot, wins the FA Cup and guides us to the latter stages of the Champions League, a conversation could well be held about the German’s suitability to taking the reins on a permanent basis.
There are bound to be more and twists in the Pogba contract saga as the season draws on. As he showed last season, Raiola doesn’t care about United and is willing to go public and stir up the pot with his client.
He did it on the eve of our crucial clash to RB Leipzig and has previously done it in the lead up to a Manchester derby.
Pogba wanting Rangnick to be in charge will be one of several probable demands and assurances if he is to stay. He is likely to request a similar wage packet to what Cristiano Ronaldo (£510,000-per-week) is currently on.
The French international is currently on £290,000-per-week, according to Spotrac.
If Paul Pogba wants to commit to Manchester United then it has to be on terms that benefit all parties. Just because his contract is ticking down doesn’t mean the club can be held to ransom.
There is no denying Pogba is a class act who can dominate football matches on his day.
But he’s left the club on a free transfer once before and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see that happen again.
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