It feels like every time there is an international break, Paul Pogba comes out with some comments to infuriate the Manchester United fanbase.
It’s happened again this time, after France’s win over Portugal in Lisbon where Pogba had a quiet but effective performance in the middle of the pitch to help his side qualify for the UEFA Nations League finals.
Speaking to RTL, Pogba said;
“This is a period, the kind which I have never experienced in my career. The French national team is a breath of fresh air.. We are very happy to come here and all very happy to see each other again. It’s not the same as with the club.. We all group together, it is magical. We realise that everyone is happy to come and that makes a difference.“
The big issue isn’t so much what he’s saying either, he’s entitled to think whatever he thinks and express that. It’s more the timing.
I’ve been an avid supporter and defender of Pogba in the past but currently his comments are out of place. With his current form and position in the squad, I can imagine that what he’s saying is accurate to him. But he needs to learn that he doesn’t need to make that public.
It’s safe to say that had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic that swept the globe, Pogba probably wouldn’t be a Manchester United player right now. Real Madrid and Juventus were heavily linked with the French star but due to financial restrictions, no deal was ever possible.
The Red Devils have activated their option to extend Pogba’s contract by an extra year, meaning it now runs until the summer of 2022. If he’s still at the club when that contract runs down, I’ll be shocked.
United have already started planning for life without him, with the addition of Donny Van de Beek in the summer surely to add direct competition but also soften the blow for post-Pogba life.
With his poor performances at the moment, his role of automatic starter has completely shifted to almost a super-sub role. Despite his absolute quality on the ball which is undeniable, his output on the field and application of that ability is not matching his talent.
It’s clear to see for anyone that his time at the club is coming to an end. The least he can do is keep quiet off the pitch while he’s there and just get back to performing on the pitch like he did when Ole Gunnar Solskjær first arrived at the club.
Lots of fans have turned him against him already and these latest comments will have done nothing to help himself with the remaining that backed him.