Manchester United have been at the centre of transfer speculation this summer. It is clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been given a brief to rehaul the squad, with the Norweigan having a preference for domestic talent. At times last season, the squad were criticised for their negative attitude and it has become obvious that the egos of some individuals have become an issue, none more so than Paul Pogba. Despite the midfielder’s talent, this summer provides the perfect opportunity to move on from the club’s record signing and sell him.
Goal report that Real Madrid have made Pogba their primary midfield target ahead of Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen. The La Liga club are attempting a rehaul of their own after a disappointing season saw the legendary side struggle across all competitions. They have already signed Eden Hazard and could be ready to make another huge signing from the Premier League. There is also interest from former club Juventus.
Meanwhile, the indications out of the player’s camp suggest that he could be ready to end his stay at Old Trafford this summer. The main problem with Pogba is the endless media circus around him often negates from what is happening on the pitch. It can be said that he had a good season based on his stats. The Frenchman contributed 13 goals and nine assists in the league. However, seven of strikes came from the penalty spot, which somewhat takes away from his overall contribution.
His Champions League performances provide the main evidence why Manchester United should sell Pogba. The 26-year-old managed only two goals and one assist across nine matches. Further to this, he received a silly red card during the first leg against PSG. This underlines his indiscipline, especially when things were going against him on the pitch. The performance at the Parc Des Princes may have involved some luck, but it was a much more together performance from the team and indicated what they could become without their most expensive player.
During the run-in, Manchester United were terrible and it was no coincidence that Pogba’s contributions waned. Over the last five Premier League matches, the Frenchman didn’t score or assist a single goal. This was a period when the club should have been putting everything into securing a Champions League place for the following season. To do this, their big players were expected to step up. The 26-year-old didn’t and a number of very poor team performances followed.
At his age, this summer could provide the best opportunity to sell Pogba for a profit. Considering the midfielder has failed to progress into the Ballon D’Or contender that many expected him to be, this would represent good business for Manchester United. It will allow Solskjaer to build a team, rather than having to build it around one player.
On his day, Pogba is one of the best midfielders in the world. However, those days don’t come often enough and Manchester United can’t rely on him to dominate matches on a consistent basis. For that reason, they need to move on.