Paul Pogba is reported to be leaning towards renewing his Manchester United contract.

When the transfer window ended, despite the return of Ronaldo and the world class additions of Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho, the uncertainty surrounding Paul Pogba’s long-term future at the club has remained.

The Frenchman will be free to negotiate pre-contract terms with foreign clubs come the New Year if he doesn’t sign a new deal with United beforehand.

Now The Athletic have reported that Ronaldo’s emotional homecoming and the atmosphere upon his return to Old Trafford on Saturday have had a ‘significant bearing’ on Pogba’s thinking over his future.

The report adds: “Recent events are believed to have had a profound effect on Pogba and there is now a feeling that opting to stay with the 20-time English champions is becoming a realistic possibility.”

It is reported that Pogba could make up his mind to extend his contract ahead of January.

Chance for trophies

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Pogba came back to United because he had unfinished business and he wanted to be the man to lead the club into a new era of success.

 

But after resigning five years ago, the 28-year-old finally has a crop of players around him that matches his lofty ambitions of challenging for the Premier League title and Champions League, two trophies that remain elusive on his resume.

There is no denying that there is a lure for Pogba to join Real Madrid or Paris Saint Germain, but United are assembling a side under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that can compete with the very best once again.

The return of Ronaldo means United are back to being box office and the Old Trafford fear factor will grow if the Red Devils continue to average over four goals per game at home this season.

Keeping Pogba alongside Ronaldo crucial

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Pogba has started the season on fire and with another two assists in the 4-1 win against Newcastle, he now has seven for the campaign already.

Had we not signed Sancho, Varane and Ronaldo this summer, Pogba and his notorious agent Mino Raiola may have been acting differently and speaking openly about seeking new challenges.

But at the age of 28, Pogba’s next long-term contract will see him commit his prime years to his chosen club.

In order for Solskjaer to continue United’s renaissance, keeping an increasingly influential Paul Pogba is crucial.

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