In a midfield three of himself, Scott McTominay and Fred, somehow Paul Pogba came out as the worst performing player of he trio as Manchester United lost 1-0 to Barcelona at Old Trafford.
There has been plenty of speculation over where the Frenchman’s future lies throughout almost the entirety of the current campaign.
It was particularly rife during the bitter end of Jose Mourinho’s time in charge of the Red Devils, and after a period of calm when things were going well under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the rumours have reared their ugly head yet again as United have lost four of their last five.
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Clearly, there’s a pattern emerging. When things are going well and Pogba is happy, the talk of an Old Trafford exit dies down. But, when things go even slightly off track, a whole barrage of media speculation arises.
Plain and simply, the former Juventus man isn’t worth the hassle.
United may be able to deal with the constant chatter in the media about Pogba if he was worth keeping around, but more often than not this season, the World Cup winner has gone missing when the tide has been against his team.
With Real Madrid reportedly interested in signing the 26-year-old, with a bid of £125m touted in the media, surely it would make Solskjaer’s life at Old Trafford much easier if he had such a huge figure of distraction cast aside.
The Norwegian is stepping into arguably one of the biggest jobs in world football with next to no experience of managing at this level of the game, so the last thing he needs is an egotistical nightmare making every loss harder to deal with and casting his future into doubt everytime something doesn’t go his way.
A lot was made over who should have been moved on between Mourinho and Pogba when the former was still at the club. However, in truth, both of them should’ve been given their marching orders to signal a fresh start for United; instead, the Frenchman’s presence is representative of all that was wrong with Mourinho’s tenure, and has left a lingering toxin around the place.