Just over 24 hours before Manchester United’s crucial Champions League game against Leipzig, in a testing week that also sees United face Manchester City at Old Trafford, Paul Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has cast more doubt on the Frenchman’s future at the Red Devils.
In an interview for Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport, Raiola stated: “I can say it’s over for Paul Pogba at Manchester United”.
This was awful timing for the club, but it was hardly surprising, as it is well known that Raiola is known for controversial attention-seeking antics, as prior to the Manchester derby in April 2018, just before kick-off, City manager Pep Guardiola revealed that the super-agent had offered Pogba to United’s bitter City rivals.
When speaking to Tuttosport, Raiola further added fuel to the fire by saying “Maybe Juventus could be Pogba's next club... why not? The relationship between Paul, Juventus and former teammates is excellent”. Pogba to return back to Juventus in the January transfer window is priced at 6/1.
Pogba re-joined the Reds in the summer of 2016 from Juventus for a world-record fee of £89m having left Old Trafford initially in the summer of 2012 on a free transfer, which left ill feelings between legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Raiola. Whilst at Juventus, Pogba developed into one of the hottest properties in world football, following a trophy-laden spell for the club under the management of managers such as Antonio Conte and Massimo Allegri, which saw the club win four Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s and two Supercoppa Italiana’s. Notably, it was the Italian giant’s midfield that stood out the most, as a narrow midfield four consisting of Arturo Vidal, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Paul Pogba dominated the Serie A.
However, since the arrival of Pogba back to United, the Frenchman has flattered to deceive at times with very inconsistent performances, with Jose Mourinho labelling the midfielder as a “virus” just before he was sacked following a 3-1 defeat at Anfield in December 2018.
Pogba’s best year trophy wise at the club was ironically under the current Tottenham manager where United triumphed in the League Cup and Europa League in 2016/17, but stats-wise, it was in the 2018/19 season which saw United switch from Mourinho to current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer; the Frenchman managed to record 13 goals and nine assists in the league, with 10 goals and six assists coming in the second half of the season under the latter’s reign.
Following the 2018/19 campaign, Pogba said that it was maybe best for him to have a new challenge when doing a tour of Asia with his personal sponsors Adidas, prompting a lot of discontent from United fans and the France international has flirted with the prospects of joining Real Madrid ever since. Since that summer, the 27-year-old has spent a lot of time on the sidelines injured, having played just 24 times in the Premier League, scoring two goals, doing so against Aston Villa at the end of the 2019/20 season and most recently against West Ham United last weekend.