Later tonight Manchester United’s players will hopefully be celebrating a Europa League final win.

Paul Pogba did that once before, after scoring in the 2017 Europa League final against Ajax.

At that time he was full of hope that Jose Mourinho’s side would go onto new heights.

Four years on, Pogba is back on the same stage, looking to lift the trophy once again.

Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final
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The difference this time is Pogba has only one year remaining on his contract and his future at Manchester United is unclear.

Will success in the final convince him to stay, or will it make him feel like he has an excuse to leave?

Eden Hazard’s classless moment

What would be a total disaster would be if Pogba copied Eden Hazard’s actions after the Europa League final in 2019.

After helping Chelsea to lift the trophy, Hazard stole the headlines by announcing in a live television interview, the final would be his last act as a player for the club, declaring his desire to seek a transfer.

Hazard wanted to bow out on a high, and he did that, possibly with some regret.

 

The Belgian signed with Real Madrid, and has flopped. He has failed to live up to expectations and could even leave the club this summer. It wasn’t the dream move he wanted it to be, and the grass may not be greener for Paul Pogba either.

Surely Pogba will know better

United winning the final should give Pogba more reason to stick around, and not less.

He should see a team which has become winners, will have new-found self-belief, and can go on to enjoy even more success.

After the Europa League final, United’s attention will turn to summer transfer business.

As much as it involves incomings, keeping hold of Pogba is an essential action for United too. Getting him to commit to a new contract would be ideal.

United took some of the gloss off the 2016 FA Cup final win by sacking Louis van Gaal for Jose Mourinho shortly after.

Manchester United v AS Roma - UEFA Europa League Semi Final: Leg One
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The celebrations should be time for just that, celebrating. Even if Pogba does decide he wants to move on, the aftermath of the final is not an appropriate time to discuss it.

Chelsea fans forgave Hazard for wanting out. United supporters will not feel so sympathetic towards Pogba.

This United side finished second in the Premier League and are closer to challenging than in a long while. The Frenchman should want to stick around and continue to try and help this team get even better.

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