Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United is the subject of endless column inches in newspapers. The latest news is that Juventus are now interested in re-signing the Frenchman, so would letting him go be the right move for the club?
It’s a hard question to answer. The midfielder’s inconsistency on the pitch makes him a frustrating player to watch. He has the power and strength of Patrick Vieira, and at times, the passing ability of Italy legend Andrea Pirlo but all too often, he looks far less than the sum of his parts.
Pogba’s performances last season show why some managers are so keen to have him in their side, while a lot of fans wouldn’t mind seeing him be offloaded.
With 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances, we really shouldn’t be arguing about his importance to the team, but the fact that we are suggests he’s a player who will never be fully trusted.
At international level, that trust seems to be not in doubt with manager Didier Deschamps putting complete faith in Pogba to perform at the highest level. It seemed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the same effect on him when the Norwegian arrived.
It was no coincidence that the 26-year-old went through a purple patch of form straight after the United legend’s appointment, but the fact that it only lasted until the end of February, either indicates that the player’s heart just isn’t in the United project, or he isn’t as good as some make out.
From what we have seen of Pogba since his return to Old Trafford in 2016, there is a strong case for the latter, but there is also a good case to be made that he isn’t fully committed either.
The France international is ambitious, and his comments about his interest in playing for Real Madrid show a man keen to make the most out his career. You can’t blame a player for that, but at the same time, you have to question his commitment to the cause.
Solskjaer is seeking young, hungry players who want to fight for the shirt, and going by his recent form and comments Pogba really doesn’t fit that mould. With all that being said then, selling up my well be the best decision.
The big problem, of course, is whether interested clubs like Real Madrid or Juventus would actually have the cash to make an acceptable offer for him. If they can’t, he will stay put.
Solskjaer seems to be happy to keep him in his plans but on past evidence, he hardly embodies the type of player the Norwegian is looking to build a team around. It could well be a problem that isn’t resolved this summer.