Paul Ince has urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to stamp his authority as Manchester United boss – by expelling club-record signing Paul Pogba from Old Trafford this summer.
Pogba has been a controversial presence at United since his £89million return to the club in the summer of 2016 and with his contract set to expire a little over a year from now, his agent Mino Raiola has continued to hint that his star client may be tempted to leave this summer.
Solskjaer has maintained publicly that Pogba will remain at the club and, speaking to Sky Sports’ The Football Show earlier this month, the manager opened up on his excitement at having Pogba and Bruno Fernandes on the pitch together.
“Good players can always play together, so definitely, they can – it’s a big yes,” the manager said when asked about the possibility of Pogba and Fernandes playing together.
“I think it’s exciting, we do have an exciting squad. I’ve got Scott [McTominay], Fred, Nemanja [Matic] .There’s many games coming up and I’m sure we can find a good connection between them.
“We’ve been discussing that as a coaching team of course, and we’re looking forward to it.
“Of course Bruno coming in, making the impact he made, it was a boost for everyone, the club, supporters and players. Getting Paul and Marcus Rashford back would be fantastic.”
However, Ince has called on Solskjaer to confirm he is calling the shots at United by ordering the sale of Pogba, after suggesting the Frenchman cannot be trusted to be the club’s leader.
“We all got bored of Pogba and his agent conducting their business through the media a long time ago and Solskjaer needs to bring it to an end,” said two-time Premier League title winner Ince, speaking to TEAMtalk at a Paddy Power event.
“Pogba is not a young player any more. He is a World Cup winner and clearly a class player when he is at his best, but when was the last time we saw him at his best? In fact, has he ever been at his best since he came back to United?
“It was easier for him when he was playing in Italy. Juventus were winning the Italian title every year and maybe he could get away with the odd bad game, the odd mistake here and there, but that won’t work in the Premier League.
“I played in Italy and can see why Pogba would fit in there. The speed of their game is slower, you can lose the ball and not get punished for it, but there is an intensity to the Premier League and that makes it special.
“For me, he realised a long time ago that he made the wrong decision to come back to United and we have all been aware that he hasn’t wanted to be at the club for a long time. His agent has let us know that over and over again.
“No one is bigger than Manchester United and that is why I say Solskjaer needs to show some leadership and get Pogba out of the club.
“Ole speaks about wanting people who are committed to the club and Pogba has not displayed those qualities, so you need to let his agent get what he wants and try and make sure you get as much money as possible for him as soon as possible.”