Paul Pogba has made just five Premier League starts and seven appearances in all in the English top flight this season as his future at Manchester United remains up in the air.
The 26-year-old has rarely looked interested in playing for us since he joined for a then world record transfer fee of £89.3 million in 2016.
Pogba played the full 90 minutes in three of our six Europa League group stage games this season before suffering an ankle injury that ruled him out for three months. He came back around Christmas for two more appearances with his last being 45 minutes in the 4-1 thrashing of Newcastle United in the league on Boxing Day. He reportedly suffered a setback but hasn’t been seen or heard of since.
Following Thursday evening’s 5-0 thrashing of LASK in the first leg of our Europa League Round of 16 tie in Austria, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked for an update on Paul Pogba’s status in his post-match interview. To the surprise of many United fans, the boss says we should expect the midfielder to remain at the club next season, saying:
“Paul’s our player. He has two years left on his contract. A year plus the option of another. You can expect Paul to be here [next season], yeah.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may just be trying to keep Paul Pogba’s transfer value up with this comment as I find it very difficult to believe he would be welcome back next season given his attitude.
Pogba would also struggle badly to get into the starting lineup now were he fit and available given the form of Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata in his role of late.