Manchester United could take the advice of Roy Keane after Paul Pogba rejected a £50million new contract.
The World Cup winner’s future is up in the air after he and agent Mino Raiola snubbed the offer of a long-term deal worth £350,000-a-week.
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The midfielder is believed to be a target for Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino, having previously been linked with Real Madrid and his former club Juventus .
United have been busy in bringing in new arrivals in the summer transfer window, with Raphael Varane next in their sights after Jadon Sancho joined from Borussia Dortmund this week.But Pogba could be set to leave, with this summer representing the Red Devils’ best chance to recoup some of the club-record £89m they paid to take him back to Old Trafford five years ago.
Back in December, Raiola said it would be best for all parties if his client left for a new challenge.
And legendary former United skipper Keane agreed – saying the Premier League giants had survived the exits of players with far greater standing in the club’s history.
“There comes a point where United have to say no,” Keane said back in December.
“It’s no big deal. Other players have wanted to leave United before, David Beckham wanted to leave, Peter Schmeichel wanted to leave, and these are all legends of the club. Pogba wants to leave? Let him go, get your few bob in January or the summer, no big deal. Pogba has left United before and they survived. If he leaves again Man United will survive, trust me.”
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Keane went on to question Pogba’s output, saying he didn’t see enough running from the midfielder. “If you think Pogba is gonna get United challenging for titles, you’re confirming you’re in cuckoo land,” he said.
“You keep saying that Pogba’s talented, but that’s no good without desire or work-rate. I’ve watched him close – the guy doesn’t want to run. You’ve got to run in this game.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responded to the transfer talk by finding a more regular role for Pogba, often playing him on the left of the attack as the campaign neared its conclusion.
But the midfielder’s rejection of a new deal leaves the Red Devils in a quandary over his future, with the club unlikely to want to lose him for nothing next summer.
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United have made a positive start to the transfer window, with plans for next season well underway as they look to challenge neighbours Manchester City for the Premier League title. And while Solskjaer has previously made it clear he wants Pogba to stay, he won’t need his former team-mate Keane to tell him about the potential advantages of offloading a player if indeed he has made up his mind that he wants to go.Photo Credit: Getty