Paul Pogba took a battering in the Sky Sports studio this week from pundits Roy Keane and Gary Neville.
Speaking ahead of the City game both ex-United stars spoke of their concerns the midfielder wants no part of being at the club.
Keane labelled Pogba a ‘big problem’, adding, ”I wouldn’t believe a word he says’.
Well while Pogba was taking a verbal kicking on television, he was reportedly busy trying to inspire his teammates.
The Mail report Pogba tried to rally United’s players ahead of the City tie with a team talk designed to replicate the one he famously gave the France team ahead of the World Cup final.
It did not work, with United losing 2-0.
Yet then United did not have Kylian Mbappe up front, Raphael Varane in defence, or Antoine Griezmann on the wing.
You can’t blame Pogba for trying though.
He’s criticised for not caring, but at least he tried something to change it up. United were simply beaten by the better team.
Rumours continue linking Pogba with a move away, and doubtless will all summer.
It’s up to the board to convince him to stay with their ambition this summer, and he needs a last push too, with a top four spot still possible if United win the last three games and rivals slip up.