The uncertainty over Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has dragged on for months, with the 27-year-old under contract at Old Trafford until 2021.
United have the option to extend the deal for another year, but agent Mino Raiola has recently talked up the prospect of a summer exit for Pogba.
Despite the interest from elsewhere, Pogba should sign a new deal and commit his future to United.
The midfielder joined United from Juventus in 2016 for a then-record fee of £89million so fans certainly had high expectations.
United had endured three disappointing seasons after Sir Alex’s Ferguson’s retirement and Pogba was seen as the man who would return them to their former glory.
Despite a few brilliant individual performances and some crucial goals, he has often flattered to deceive while United have continued to under perform.
Pogba was hoping to win the Premier League and the Champions League so the League Cup and the Europa League is an underwhelming return after three years.
If the Frenchman left this summer it could be argued his £89million transfer was a failure, as he hasn’t completed what he set out to do in 2016.
However, his legacy would be completely different if he stayed at the club for another couple of years and helped them win some major trophies.
It would also silence those critics once and for all.
Playing with Bruno Fernandes
Since returning to United, Pogba has often been partnered with the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard in midfield.
The 27-year-old has always struggled with lesser players around him and shined with better ones by his side.
Playing alongside the likes of Arturo Vidal at Juventus and N’Golo Kante for France gave him the freedom to showcase his talents.
United finally looked to improve the midfield area by signing Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon in January.
The 26-year-old has had an immediate impact at Old Trafford, scoring three goals and registering four assists in his first nine appearances.
For the first time in Pogba’s United career, he now has the opportunity to play alongside another top class midfielder.
A Pogba and Fernandes partnership in midfield could completely transform United’s fortunes on the pitch.
It would also ease the burden of responsibility on Pogba’s shoulders as Fernandes is one of the most creative players in the league.
Madrid won’t guarantee success
Pogba has been linked with a move back to Juventus, but Real Madrid would probably be his most likely destination.
If he were to move to the Bernabeu, he’d be following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Gabriel Heinze and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Plenty of other world class players have also moved to Madrid over the years, but it hasn’t always worked out well.
Kaka, James Rodriquez and Gareth Bale suffered from a huge decline while at Madrid and former Chelsea star Eden Hazard is having a difficult first season in Spain.
Despite their success in the Champions League, it’s easy to forget that the Spanish giants have won just one league title in seven years.
Pogba would also face a lot of competition for a place in the team due to their impressive midfield options so the move would still be a risk for him.
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