Ralf Rangnick has urged Paul Pogba to be ready to play wherever required for Manchester United following his comments about his role.
The French midfielder has been in the spotlight again in recent weeks after his return from a lengthy injury. He has scored one goal and assisted two others in the last seven Premier League games.
What’s more, that run of games has seen him play different positions, both in midfield and attack.
In fact, Pogba played in a more advanced role alongside Bruno Fernandes in the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City. His recent run led him to question whether he “really has a role” at Old Trafford.
Indeed, the 29-year-old was comparing life at Man Utd to his role with the France national team. Pogba is a firm part of Didier Deschamps’ team and notched an assist against South Africa on Tuesday.
Asked about the player’s comments in a press conference on Friday, though, Rangnick issued a no-nonsense response.
He urged Pogba to play wherever required, backing up his point by revealing a fresh injury blow for Edinson Cavani. The Red Devils are therefore without the Uruguayan for Saturday’s clash with Leicester.
I’ve got enough to do now to prepare the team for the next game,” interim manager Rangnick said.
“Tomorrow’s game is another important one and I don’t think it makes sense to interpret or just judge what he has maybe said in an interview. It doesn’t make sense, that’s something you can do if you want. For me, it’s only important to judge him.
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“I heard he said he had played in different positions in the last couple of weeks.
“Yes, of course, since the game against West Ham on January 22, we have lost three strikers since then – Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and even with Edinson Cavani – who is injured again, unfortunately, and will be out for the next couple of weeks.
“And, on top of that, if Paul was still injured himself, then players like Bruno against Tottenham or Scott McTominay are missing, then, of course, somebody else has to play in a different role.
“And if this is somebody like Paul, who is flexible and can play 6, 8, and even 10, then this is a normal thing.”
Pogba, Man Utd future seemingly clear
Pogba made further comments about life at United, other than the remarks about his role.
He labelled the Red Devils’ current season “dead”, with a top-four Premier League finish their only aim.
He added that he wants to win titles. And ahead of his contract expiring in the summer, United have so far not convinced him to stay.
As for where he could go, Juventus are keen on a reunion. Pogba left United in 2012 and became a star on the European stage in Turin, hence United’s 2016 decision to re-sign him for £89million.
However, Pogba will reportedly have to take a considerable pay cut to move back to Juve as a free agent.