An unexpected break for Manchester United and the rest of the football world could end up helping the club resolve Paul Pogba’s situation.
Uncertainty over Pogba’s future has dragged on since last May and at times this season it has looked a certainty he will move on this summer.
Right now the situation is perhaps trending towards Pogba staying, and even signing a new deal, as The Mail reported last week.
The Evening Standard subsequently reported Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been impressed by Pogba’s attitude and was considering naming him in the matchday squad against Tottenham, had the game not been postponed.
Now a chance to gel
Instead of going straight into a winning team and playing catch-up or potentially disrupting United’s momentum, the break comes at a good time for Pogba.
He can use this spell like pre-season and spend time re-adjusting to his teammates, and getting to know new star man Bruno Fernandes.
Pogba’s partnership with Fernandes is key to his future at the club, and his decision to stay.
Now instead of being thrust into a big Premier League match together with little preparation, the duo are going to get hours on the training pitch to devote to learning each other’s game.
This is a big positive for United and a dangerous prospect for the rest of the Premier League, and rivals across Europe.
Fernandes and Pogba are a potent combination if they click, and the break is giving them a unique time to work together.
The two week winter break at the start of February helped Fernandes to strike up a connection with his new teammates. It really paid off as United went on an unbeaten run which is still active.
Feelgood factor will play a part
It does not hurt at all that Pogba rejoins a United squad on a real high thanks to the 11 match unbeaten run.
If he enjoys this spell training alongside Fernandes and his teammates and considers that he can see a future, he could decide to sign a new deal.
The uncertain situation across Europe probably works in United’s favour too. Will he consider this is the time to move on?
Euro 2020 was supposed to be his chance to put himself in the shop window after a season on the sidelines. The tournament may not even happen now.
United have an opportunity to show Pogba that he can achieve success by staying put. Bruno Fernandes’ move has changed everything. Add a few more top players in this summer too, and it gets really exciting.
And if he chooses not to renew, we move on, cash in, and spend the money on replacements who do want to be here.
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