Desire. Do David de Gea and Paul Pogba really want to be part of Manchester United’s future?
Ultimately this is what it will come down to, whether they want to be at Old Trafford. Fans have their doubts.
Both players have come in for stick after a disappointing season. Despite bright moments, they have each let their standards drop for long stretches.
De Gea and Pogba are arguably United’s most talented players. United would be poorer without them, but nobody is irreplaceable.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League will shine a further spotlight on the pair’s future.
United are set for a clearout, but must be careful not to throw the baby out with the bathwater, as the saying goes.
Axing De Gea and Pogba could be self defeating for United, when there are serious issues in the squad to be addressed.
Ultimately it will come down to the pair’s desire. Do they want to be here?
Keeping an unhappy player is futile, and will affect the rest of the team.
Pogba earns £290,000 per week and De Gea £200,000 per week. That’s a lot of money to be investing on players if they don’t want to play a part.
It’s up to United to show the ambition in the transfer market to keep them happy, and make them want to stay.
But if they have no desire, then sadly, the door should open for their departure, to cash in and spend the lucrative fees on replacements.
United fans deserve players who want to wear the shirt.