The biggest problem with Paul Pogba’s situation at Manchester United has been a lack of communication.
Part of that falls on the club, with United failing to give any detailed injury diagnosis or projected return dates.
The rest of it falls on Pogba himself, who has stayed silent aside from a few meaningless videos on social media.
Meanwhile his agent Mino Raiola has been picking public fights with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and talking Pogba up for a summer move to Juventus [ESPN].
Last night an interview has emerged with Pogba acknowledging he is a United player. It should not really be newsworthy, but it’s the first time he has spoken out since Raiola’s blast last week.
Pogba did not address his future, or his injury, but it was notable to see him describe himself as a United player and make the right noises.
He was quoted by ESPN about Liverpool’s current title charge. He said: “As a Manchester United player and with the rivalry between us, we don’t want them to win the title.
“We don’t want anyone else to win apart from us, but as a football lover and a respectful player to opposition team, I have to say that they deserve to be where they are today.”
Pogba’s comments show that he has not distanced himself from United as much as his usual mode of silence would suggest.
We want Pogba to be engaged, to want to play for the club and do everything in his power to return. In recent weeks it has felt like anything but. And the issues over his fitness and return date remain unanswered questions.
United’s recent resurgence and renewed form with Bruno Fernandes in the side may even have caught the Frenchman’s attention. If it looks like we can go and win the Europa League, FA Cup and claim a top four spot, Pogba should want to be a part of that.
As for his comments on Liverpool, it’s dodgy territory for any United player to praise them, but Pogba’s comments tread the right line. Being without a defeat in the Premier League all season at this stage is a fine record.
As hard as it is to stomach, United have to focus on aspiring to be better and in a real position to challenge them in the future, with or without Pogba.
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