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Speaking to beIN Sports, Arsene Wenger has suggested Paul Pogba’s recent behaviour is down to his lack of belief in Manchester United.
The 26-year-old then admitted a “question mark” remained over his long-term future at the club, but a move away from Old Trafford failed to materialise before the end of the deadline.
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Now, Wenger has admitted the midfielder’s form has suffered as a direct result of the transfer ordeal, and suggested the ex-Juventus star may also have reservations over the Red Devils’ ability to challenge for the biggest honours.
He said: “First of all, I think Paul Pogba since the start of the season has never been completely fit, injury wise. He doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s the type of player who has a huge physical power. He needs to be perfectly fit physically.
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“After that, when a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances. I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship. And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a bit tarnish his performances.”
If United are to agree with Wenger’s observations, then there simply isn’t a way back for Pogba at Old Trafford. The moment one of your star players begins to question the direction the club is looking to go, is the time where the relationship between the two becomes irreparable.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must simply stick to his guns, and invest his time and energy in players who have expressed their wholehearted commitment to the cause. The Red Devils are in dire need of building a squad who simply want to play for the club, and are not thinking of it as a stepping stone to a team elsewhere. Wenger’s insight may just be the eye-opening advice United desperately need.