Report gives reason why Paul Pogba future still anyone’s guess

Date published: Saturday 23rd January 2021 9:59 - Neil Foster

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Manchester United will leave any decision on Paul Pogba’s future at the club until the end of the season, according to reports.

Pogba, 27, has been in outstanding form over the past few weeks. His upturn in fortunes has coincided with the Red Devils’ superb run.

They have won six of eight Premier League games and are unbeaten since November 1. That was a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, after which Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have taken 33 points from a possible 39.

It sees the Old Trafford giants sitting at the top of the standings and challenging for their first title since 2013. Pogba scored a brilliant goal to give United all three points against Fulham on Wednesday night.

He is finally starting to show the form and leadership all at the club knew he was capable of.

There had been much talk that the France international would leave. His contract is due to expire at the end of next season. Agent Mino Raiola revealed in December that the midfielder wanted to end his time at the club.

The north-west giants would not want to lose him for nothing and so speculation of a possible exit increased. However Sportsmail are suggesting that no decision has been made by anyone involved.

That is because nobody wants to take the focus of United’s title challenge. It may well be that a successful title tilt would tip the balance in favour of Pogba extending his deal.

United’s next league outing is a home clash with Sheffield United on January 27. Before then, they face the little matter of a fourth-round FA Cup clash with rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

New role, new Pogba

Pogba’s second stint with United has been far from straight forward. He was not a favourite of previous manager Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician was openly critical of the World Cup winner. It seemed as though he would be on his way but it was Mourinho who got his marching orders.

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Now, with Darren Fletcher joining the first-team coaching staff, the former Juventus man seems to have a new lease of life. He is operating in a more advanced role having been deeper earlier in the campaign.

That means more of an influence in the final third and he also scored against Burnley. It remains to be seen if United can go on to lift the Premier League trophy at the end of the season.

Whether or not they do, the Pogba saga is likely to be sorted out in the summer one way or another.

 

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