Ten Hag told to axe Paul Pogba by former Dutch international
Erik ten Hag has not even been formally announced as Manchester United manager yet and he is already being advised what to do.
Ten Hag will be announced as United boss over the next week, the club hope, according to The Telegraph.
Former Dutch international Rene van der Gijp has weighed in on what he believes Ten Hag should do, and his first recommendation is not to bother with Paul Pogba.
Pogba’s contract expires on June 30, and while there will be a small crossover with Ten Hag, they may not actually get the chance to work together, although there would be time for the incoming boss to hold a conversation and try and convince him to stay… if he wanted to.
Van der Gijp, who had 15 caps for the Netherlands in the 1980s, told FCUpdate: “He can’t do any worse than what has happened in recent years. Van Gaal was not good at it, Mourinho was not, Solskjaer was nothing, things must go well, right?
“He must have eager stars. Players like Pogba, who busy with yourself all day, you have to say goodbye to that, you shouldn’t have that dude.”
Pogba has expressed unhappiness at United recently, telling Le Figaro he as unhappy with how the six years at Old Trafford have gone.
United fans are pretty unhappy too, with Pogba failing to win a single Champions League knockout game of the seven he played, and only playing 30 Premier League games or more in a season once out of six campaigns.
For Pogba to stay, he would want to become one of the club’s highest earners, and he just isn’t worth it. Ralf Rangnick spoke to an overloading of technical players at the club who lack fight, which also appeared to be another indication Pogba is not what United need.
Ten Hag will want to bring in his own players, and he will also have to get used to pundits advising him what to do, although as manager at the biggest club in the Netherlands, he is well adjusted to this.
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