It hasn’t been the greatest of campaigns for Manchester United’s record signing. Paul Pogba seems to divide United fans and hierarchy alike sparking rumours of an exit, all the more worsened by reports that his agent Mino Raiola has offered the Frenchman to Manchester City.
Let’s get this out of the way first. Pogba will not be sold to Manchester City, it would be the clearest sign that the balance of power has shifted in favour of the sky blues. Despite multiple sources linking him to the Sky Blues, Pogba’s agent supposedly offering him to the Premier League Champions and Mourinho seemingly screaming from the rooftops that he wants another midfielder, it simply cannot happen. Ed Woodward splashed £89 million on the French International so for him to ditch Old Trafford for the Etihad after only 2 seasons is almost unfathomable.
But on paper if Pogba did join Manchester City he would be the ideal replacement to Fernandinho, the Frenchman has all the assets for Fernandinho’s physically demanding role needing to drop back in defence adding to City’s already capable defence, dictate play in the middle of the park and then sprint forward whilst on the attack to add to City’s attacking outlets. All in one game! But it looks like the now Premier League winning Pep Guardiola will have to look elsewhere for his next midfield general.
Despite scoring 5 and assisting 9 this term despite a lengthy injury Pogba looks simply lazy at times failing to track back and jogging aimlessly for the majority of the match. In a midfield 2 he looks weak and almost not himself, in a midfield 3 however he seems more at home; yet still a far cry from the performances at Juventus that made him so highly rated.
Being underutilised by Boss Jose Mourinho and rumours of a behind the scenes squabble between player and coach it seems something has to give, and it seems like it will be the player rather than the coach to be moved on.
Make no mistake the Social media fanatic has a number of suitors with French Champions Paris Saint-Germain interested in bringing Pogba back to his homeland. With both Lassana Diarra and Thiago Motta far over the age of 30, a replacement is desperately needed. Pogba would be the ideal candidate t to partner fellow Frenchman Rabiot, and the never endless energy of Veratti in Midfield arguably creating the best midfield in World Football.
Not to mention it would satisfy PSG’s brilliant Brazilian and occasional drama Queen Neymar Jr. Yet with PSG under investigation for breaching Finacial Fair Play, and faced with the possibility of selling Kylian Mbappe this summer to balance the books who knows whether the French Champions can sign Pogba whilst under the watchful eye of FIFA?
The other European suitor is Spanish Giants Real Madrid with Zidane, if he keeps his job beyond the end of the season looking to bolster his squad this summer. Los Blancos look set for a massive summer clearout with Bale, Benzema, Navas and Toni Kross all expected to depart the Bernabau. Club President Florientino Perez also looks set to pioneer a new age of Galacticos with Pogba scouted as the first of a new generation, a big compliment for the Frenchman indeed.
Should Pogba don the iconic White of Real next season he is joining a team of winners, it is without doubt Real Madrid will be gunning for the title and the Champions League once more. This season’s title defence has been pitiful at Real, and despite the Madrid based side dramatically improving in 2018 it could not stop a simply brilliant barcelona side clinching the title.
While this season Pogba has been struggling under the constraints of Mourinho and his defensive style, under Zidane the 6ft 3 midfielder would be given the creative freedom he enjoyed whilst at Juventus. Not to mention being apart of arguably the second best midfield in World Football alongside Passing machine Luka Modric and Midfield destroyer Casemiro.
Wherever Pogba’s next destination is he needs to pick it up on the Football front. Whilst he is arguably the biggest commercial draw in World Football heading Adidas’s New Predator line, once headed by the iconic David Beckham the French international needs to get his head back in the game. His second-half performance at Manchester City in which Pogba netted 2 shows his eternal class and ability. That is the Pogba we all want to see. Currently, under Mourinho it is clear Pogba is a shadow of his former self.
But where do you think Pogba will be heading to next season? Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid or somewhere else let us know in the Comments below!