Manchester United must let Paul Pogba go, says ex England women's footballer
Paul Pogba’s future looks as unclear as ever with his Manchester United contract ticking 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.”
Move him on?
Former England women’s footballer Lianne Sanderson, now working as a TV pundit, has urged United to let the Frenchman go.
She wrote on twitter that his fans need to let go of ‘what could have been’ and let him depart as a free agent with best wishes this summer.
Sanderson is a Manchester United supporter, who like many, voiced her discontent with the club’s woeful performance after the defeat at home to Wolves last Monday night.
Rangnick seems to back United view
Offering Pogba £500,000 per week would have been a frankly stupid move for United. Even £400,000 per week is way too much.
The Frenchman is talented, but in his six seasons at Old Trafford, he has only played 30 Premier League games or more just once.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has taken a sensibly blunt approach to Pogba’s situation, saying he won’t be begging him, or any player to stay at the club.
He told Sky last month: “For a big club like Manchester United, if a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.
“This is such a massive club [with] such fantastic support, I don’t think that anyone in the club should then try to convince the player to stay.”
It would not make sense then, for United to offer Pogba a mega deal, and fortunately it seems like this is not the case.
Pogba a way off
Pogba is still dealing with fitness issues, with Rangnick giving an update via the club website at the weekend.
Rangnick said: “As far as I know, I was told a week ago, it would be a minimum of at least another four or five weeks before he is fit for training again.
“I saw him this morning before the training session, he was in the locker room, and I hope he will be back as soon as possible.”
“Right now, he’s not been part of the training group and, even if he was back whenever, two, three or four weeks, it will take some time.”
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