Paul Pogba has the Manchester United dressing room onside, despite his poor form and latest flirt with Real Madrid, claims a report.
Pogba retains the support of United’s senior players, many of whom have come under fire after a dreadful start to the season.
Not many came out of last week’s 6-1 drubbing by Spurs with any credit, including Pogba, who has looked like a shadow of the player he did after the Covid-19 restart in June.
The France midfielder is technically in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. United though do hold a 12-month extension clause, which they will almost certainly action if Pogba does not sign a new deal beforehand.
Pogba confirmed last week he had not held talks with Ed Woodward about a new deal. He then hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he decided to answer a question about Real Madrid at France’s Clairefontaine base.
“Today, I am still at Manchester United and I am fighting to try to take the club even higher,” Pogba said at a press conference. “We have all heard these things that have been said.
“What to respond? Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me. Why not one day?
“As I have said, I am at Manchester United and I like my club. I am performing at Manchester United, I am enjoying myself and I want to do everything I can to get the club back to where it deserves to be.
“I am going to give my maximum, like my teammates, I prefer to concentrate on football and on returning to fitness.”
Despite the admission “Pogba’s popularity at United has not waned”.
The Manchester Evening News even report that the players “still believe he is the best player at the club”.
Pogba was actively looking to leave in the summer of 2019. On pre-season tour with United he said: “I think for me it could be a good time to have a new challenge somewhere else. I am thinking of this: to have a new challenge somewhere else.”
A move last summer never materialised for him, while the coronavirus pandemic this year made it impossible for him to leave.
The paper claims Pogba’s closest pals at United “were of the opinion he should be allowed to leave as it was in the best interests of the player and the club”.
Pogba’s Real hopes dashed
That looks more unlikely this season with Pogba’s hopes of signing for Real Madrid non-existent, according Spanish paper AS.
AS via Sport Witness were not at all impressed with Pogba’s comments on international duty. They suggested that Pogba was trying to manufacture a move to the LaLiga club.
Those efforts, an SOS almost, will not be heard by Real officials, claims the source.
His agent Mino Raiola has recently been informed Madrid have “completely ruled out” signing the 27-year-old.
Raiola knows as much too, while the paper also suggests the agent’s relationship with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is “completely broken”.