Would it really be a transfer window without continuous streams of fabricated stories revolving around the future of Paul Pogba? There have been so many reports and updates on the status of Pogba in the past few days that it has become almost impossible to keep track of what is actually happening.
The news started flowing once it was revealed that Pogba wouldn’t be part of the matchday squad for Manchester United’s games against Burnley or Arsenal. Immediately fans began to speculate as to why the French midfielder hadn’t been included, wondering if it coincided with the opening of the January transfer window. Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would later reveal that Pogba would be expected to miss at least the next month following a further setback with his ankle, which would require surgery.
There was plenty of drama sparked by Ole’s comments, as he would go on to say “He’s been advised to have an operation by his people and he’ll probably do that.” With fans unhappy that it seemed as though Pogba was dictating to the club how he would handle his injury, rather than the club controlling the situation. It was later revealed that Pogba had been evaluated by both club medical staff and specialists as well as his own consultants and both parties had come to a similar conclusion. However this came too late for some fans, who had already turned on the Frenchman once more.
After missing the majority of the season so far, it’s safe to say that Manchester United aren’t seeing the return they would hope for from their £80 million man. It doesn’t help the situation that, as we reported before Christmas, Pogba can often be seen taking time out to participate in basketball shootarounds with NBA stars while rehabbing his injuries, only leading to more fan vitriol.
In another update that came out today it was revealed that this isn’t a recurrence of a previous injury for Pogba, but in fact it is a new injury entirely, which should be a cause for concern at the club. Following his return to Manchester United in 2017, Pogba has missed 44 games for the club through injury, more than an entire league season’s worth of fixtures – that figure is only going to continue growing over the course of the next month.
Due to these injury woes the club have begun to look elsewhere for midfield options, not surprisingly, with Christian Erisken remaining an option. There has also been a vast about of conversation as to whether or not United would be better off parting ways with their star midfielder and finding a more consistently available replacement.
Just to top it all off, as per usual, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has chirped in with his thoughts on the idea of his client moving away from the club.“Pogba’s problem is Manchester United. It’s a club out of touch with reality and without a sporting project, I wouldn’t take anyone there, they would even ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini. Paul needs a club and a squad, one like Juventus was before.”
These constant jabs from the agent do nothing to help his client’s situation at the club, as fans continue to turn against him. It also brings more pressure to the team’s under fire manager, following an inconsistent run of form over the past month which finds the Red Devils fifth in the table, five points off the Champions League places.
It’s safe to say that this Paul Pogba drama is likely far from finished, as many outlets are already spouting about a potential move to Read Madrid for the Frenchman. Hopefully Pogba can return to the field sooner rather than later and put these conversations to bed, regardless of which club he is playing for.