Paul Pogba says that he could see himself playing away from Old Trafford with other football pitches looking “great” for him right now, online sportsbook news report.
Should I stay or should I go?
When he spoke to French TV channel Canal Plus, Pogba has highlighted that he’s under contract with the Old Trafford side, but stressed that football players can never be certain of anything, especially where they will be playing next season.
“We are never sure of anything but contractually it’s sure, yes,” said the 25-year-old. “I can never look far into the future. It also depends how it goes with the club, how things work out.”
There are not too many options away from Man United for a player of his calibre, especially when you’ve accepted to become one of the highest earning football stars on the planet. Although making hundreds of thousands of whatever currency on a weekly basis it definitely advantage, it does restrict his movement should he opt to sign for another club.
We’re very doubtful Man United boss Jose Mourinho would be willing to sell him to another Premier League rival, so that leaves Pogba with only a move to either Spain (Real Madrid or Barcelona) or France, where PSG are the only side that can afford him. And to that point, the midfielder has even commented on PSG’s stadium looking quite appealing, despite his parents supporting a rival from Ligue 1 side while he was growing up.
“I grew up with a father and a mother who were Marseille supporters. Paris (PSG) was never really part of my daily life. But later on, yes why not play at Parc des Princes? It’s a great pitch and a nice stadium,” Pogba said, effectively sparking rumours he could be on the move potentially after the 2018 World Cup when his price could be even higher than now.
A clash of egos between the Special One and Pogba?
Pogba arrived at Man United two years ago for a then world-record fee of £89m plus add-ons from Juventus, but he has struggled to live up to his hefty price tag most of the times. In his first campaign, the Frenchman appeared in 51 games and found the back of the net 9 times across all competitions, while in the second one he played in only 37 games, scoring 6 goals overall in the process.
But in all fairness, Pogba’s somewhat limited impact in the team has been brought down to Mourinho, who has been criticised for not finding a suitable-enough position for the midfielder on the pitch. The Man United boss has come under scrutiny for not appearing to be clear enough of what’s expected of the former Juventus star; whether he wants 15+ goals from Pogba per season in a more attacking-like role, or whether he wants a defensive midfielder that’s able to clear off all the balls pushed forward by the opposition.
It seems that currently Pogba is underutilized considering his talents on the ball. But what’s even more striking is that there could be a case of clashing of egos, as both him and Mourinho are perceived to be individuals who are clearly not lacking any confidence, both only and off the pitch. If being given the freedom to do what he wants on the pitch, then it might actually be better for him to leave Man United and switch to a team like PSG, where he’ll undoubtedly be treated like a star as managers for them are secondary in the pecking order, per online sportsbooks in France.