Speaking to Telefoot, and as reported in English by the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has moved to play down to any feud with manager Jose Mourinho after a rocky period at Old Trafford.
That is great news for United and their fans as, on the open market, they couldn’t sign a midfielder with better raw materials than the French international.
After some poor performances, struggles with injury and a seemingly endless debate over his best position, there had been talk that Pogba – valued at £81m by Transfermarkt – might leave Old Trafford after just two years back at the club he emerged at.
Much of the rumoured problems between the playmaker and Mourinho stemmed from United’s 2-0 defeat to Spurs at Wembley in January, where it appeared that Pogba failed to follow instructions.
Pogba has moved to quell rumours of his unhappiness by saying: ““There is no problem with Mourinho. It’s not me who picks the team. Ask the coach if you want to know why I play less. I respect his choices. It’s too early to talk about a departure from United.”
Of course there will be talk of different midfield players coming to Old Trafford in the summer. Aside from the Pogba situation, the retirement of Michael Carrick will create a gap in the engine room and Marouane Fellaini is yet to sign a contract extension and could leave for nothing in the summer.
But none of them will have Pogba’s unique bland of talents. First of all, he is settled in Manchester and loves the club. He is part of the fabric and it clearly has a huge place in his heart.
He is still 25, with plenty of time to improve. There aren’t many midfielders who can beat a man, pick a pass, shoot from distance, cover ground and play a number of roles like he can.
Of course he hasn’t had his best season; he’s had two bouts of injury problems and his relationship with Mourinho isn’t perfect.
Yet, there aren’t many, if any players, on the open market who have Pogba’s skills. They have to persevere and attempt to get the best out of him.