Paul Pogba made his desire to leave Manchester United clear earlier in the transfer window.
To the club’s credit, United have stood firm, and Pogba has behaved professionally and carried on – so far.
Its highly unlikely he will be sold abroad even with foreign transfer windows still open.
But United have placed the Frenchman in an unenvious position by failing to sign a midfielder.
Pogba is already the most criticised player in the Premier League. Every time United lose or fail to win, the pundits round on the £89 million man.
United should have brought in extra help and made Pogba’s situation more manageable. Tanguy Ndombele and Youri Tielemans were both perfect.
Pogba’s creativity is key to United. What happens if he gets injured?
His desire to leave is understandable in the sense of the overbearing pressure placed upon him.
United are likely to be in the same scenario next summer. Pogba may end up getting his way.
And what then? United will be left scrambling to sign a Pogba replacement, or two.
That will mean United will be battling just to stand still, rather than improve and reach the next level.
It will mean the other areas of the team which need strengthening will take a backseat.
This summer’s half-complete transfer activity, just like last year, leaves the club with an uphill task with long-term repercussions.
- Ethan Laird and Matej Kovar train with United first team ahead of Partizan trip
- United loanee Ethan Hamilton has a game to forget
- Manchester United prepare to face Zoran Tosic and Partizan
- United fans react to Paulo Dybala scoring Champions League brace for Juventus
- The pros and cons of bringing Patrice Evra back to Manchester United