Manchester United have suffered from an inconsistent start so far this season which has been punctuated by blow after blow. Beating Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig in the Champions League has been overshadowed by defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Several players have seriously let Ole Gunnar Solskjaer down over the course of the campaign, which has coincided with a poor run of form. Harry Maguire hardly did himself any favours whatsoever as he faced a fresh volley of criticism after he suffered a defensive meltdown during the defeat to Jose Mourinho’s side.
Moving further afield, the midfielders have also made a right mess of things. Paul Pogba is yet to hit the ground running after returning from a period of self-isolation in September.
The France international failed to secure the move away from the Red Devils that he wanted during the summer when Ed Woodward priced him out of a move away from the club. However, there’s a high chance that United could lose him at the end of this season and their poor run of form in the Premier League suggests that they won’t be able to build on their third-placed finish last term either.
With European heavyweights PSG, Real Madrid and Juventus circling Pogba, it’s likely he will cost a pretty penny (or two), as his potential suitors will surely have to stump up a fee in excess of his £72m valuation, via Transfermarkt.
There’s no denying the fact that he is highly rated by Solskjaer, who admitted he is a “special talent” in a pre-match press conference before the FA Cup quarter-final with Norwich City last season. His former boss Mourinho was once a fan of his too, hailing his “monster” heroics in the 2-1 win over Leicester City in 2018, before their relationship went off the rails.
It looks like his relationship with the club legend could be heading for a similar rocky trajectory after Solskjaer criticised Pogba for the first time in his post-match press conference after the game against Arsenal before the international break.
“The boy is running away from goal, there is no need to go for the ball,” he said, as quoted by The Daily Express. “Not much of a touch, but it’s probably a penalty. He needs to stay on his feet. Paul knows it’s a soft penalty to give away similar to Nemanja [Matic] who almost got a penalty.”
There’s no doubt that Pogba is one of the best players at the club, as 33 goals and 35 assists in over 150 games isn’t something to be sniffed at, along with an impressive trophy cabinet consisting of one World Cup trophy, one Premier League title and one Europa League trophy, but if push comes to shove, Woodward must cash in on the Frenchman whilst he still can.
If a club can afford to meet their colossal asking price, it should allow Solskjaer to splash the cash on the signings he has wanted for so long, with Jadon Sancho still at the top of his wishlist. The club legend is still no closer to getting his right-wing solution so Pogba’s potential transfer fee could help to solve a problem that has plagued the club for so long. Losing the one-time academy product would be a bitter blow for the board but in the grand scheme of things, perhaps it’d be best for everyone involved if they got rid of him for good, especially when you consider the fact they have the perfect replacement in Donny van de Beek waiting in the wings.