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Report: Pogba to leave Man United this summer

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Paul Pogba is expected to leave Manchester United this summer, according to a report from our partners at Sky Germany.

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Pogba, 26, is said to favor a move to Real Madrid in the summer and it is believed his former club Juventus are also keen on a deal for the World Cup winner.

After Pogba stated last summer that he wanted to move on, he remained at United but has played just seven times this season in the Premier League amid several lingering foot and ankle injuries after two failed comebacks.

Due to the complications of selling and buying in January, the report states that United are holding on to Pogba until the summer but it also states they want a transfer fee of over $195 million for their star midfielder.

Given Mino Raiola, Pogba’s agent, and Man United having a frosty relationship to put it kindly, this saga will rumble on all summer long. Pogba currently has a contract which runs until the summer of 2021 with an option of a further year.

One thing is for sure, it appears United are already trying to move on from Pogba as they’re in talks with Sporting Lisbon’s attacking central midfielder Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese international has end product and is a player they wanted to sign in the summer but Sporting’s president refused to sell.

However, with reports stating that Fernandes now wants to move in January, it could appear United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are lining up their dominoes to fall ahead of a possible Pogba departure.

Pogba’s quality is undoubted and in his most recent comeback before getting injured he dazzled in United’s 4-1 win against Newcastle and in a brief cameo against Watford.

His talent is undoubted and although this season he’s been injured, the noises around Pogba suggest he is already thinking about his next challenge. Maybe United are now just going to play him sparingly and not risk a further injury to Pogba, given his huge value in the transfer market.

It would be best for everyone concerned if Pogba moves on this summer and it seems increasingly likely that United and his agent will be locked in an almighty battle during the summer window.

The 2 Robbies podcast: Ole’s Pogba comments plus midseason awards

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle recap the final run of Festive Fixtures with a big focus on Arsenal’s impressive win over Manchester United and what to make of Paul Pogba‘s injury following the concerning comments made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (:40).

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Plus, reflections on Jose Mourinho’s rudeness with an idiot (21:50), Chelsea’s draw at Brighton (31:15), and comfortable victories for Man City (39:30) and Liverpool (44:00).

Finally, the chaps hand out their mid-season awards including the Most Improved Players/Managers (51:35), Most Disappointing Players/Managers (53:30), Best Summer Signings (56:05), Worst Summer Signings (57:35), Underappreciated Player of the Season (1:01:25), Player of the Season (1:03:05) and Manager of the Season (1:04:50).

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Solskjaer: Pogba ‘out for a few weeks’ with ankle injury

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed on Wednesday that Paul Pogba is set to miss “a few weeks” due to the latest flare-up of the ongoing ankle injury which has kept him out of action on multiple occasions already this season.

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Pogba missed nearly three months before returning to action in late December. He made two substitute appearances against Watford and Newcastle United before Solskjaer said he “wasn’t ready” for the weekend trip to Burnley.

Asked why Pogba had been left out of the 18-man squad again for Wednesday’s game at Arsenal, Solskjaer delivered the longer-term diagnosis — quotes from Sky Sports:

“He is feeling some discomfort in his ankle. He’ll be out for a few weeks, definitely.”

Pogba wants to play for title winning team

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Paul Pogba‘s agent Mino Raiola insists his client is only interested on playing on teams who will be challenging for the title.

Manchester United better get a shift on then.

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Speaking to our partners Sky Sports News in the UK, ‘super agent’ Raiola revealed that Pogba is happy enough at United right now as he’s returned to action after a three-month stint out injured.

“Paul has always respected Manchester United, as long as Manchester United has respected Paul. The only one that talks for Manchester United and Paul is Ole. I go by what he says; he will not move. That’s OK and we are good with them,” Raiola said. “Paul is struggling a little bit with his injury and that’s our main interest now. There’s one objective that Paul has and that is to perform as well as possible with Manchester United. He’s a top pro and I think that his heart is in the right place with Manchester United.”

Asked if he thought Pogba would be at United this time next year, Raiola was confident that would be the case but was also keen to stress that the French superstar wants to be winning trophies as he seemed to offer a warning to United’s hierarchy.

“Yes I can, but in a club that I hope fights for the league and hopefully the Champions League,” Raiola said. “Is that strange? Am I the only one that’s worried? Is the owner not worried? I think that everybody that is in love with Manchester United is worried about that. I’m worried about that for my player. I’m not a fan of Manchester United but I have a very direct interest.”

“As long as Paul is in Manchester United, he wants to win trophies with Manchester United. That’s the kind of player he is and he will not act differently. Like Ole’s saying, it’s a work in progress now this club. He’s says he’s working on a team for next year. Let’s hope that it goes well for him because the world needs Manchester United on the top. Clearly they are not where they think they should be.”

Raiola is saying what every Man United fans wants but this is clearly a long way away from happening.

His answers seem to mostly challenge the United board to spend big in the next few transfer windows as they are making progress but need more pieces to turn them into legitimate top four contenders again.

Despite his wishes to leave in the summer, Pogba will be a key part of this United rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. His quality on the ball stands out as he made a big impact against Watford and Newcastle on his first two games back but he then wasn’t fit enough to face Burnley.

He should play against Arsenal on New Year’s Day (Watch live, 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) and 2020 is a big deal for Pogba and United.

Pogba ‘not ready’ for Man United’s win at Burnley

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Paul Pogba “wasn’t ready” to take part in Manchester United’s clash at Burnley on Saturday despite returning to full fitness after being out since September with an ankle issue.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left Pogba out of the 18-man squad for the trip to Turf Moor, which was a surprise as the French midfielder had come on for the final 30 minutes and at half time against Watford and Newcastle United respectively in their last two games.

Speaking after the 2-0 win which sent United fifth and closed the gap on the top four to just one pointafter the 2-0 win which sent United fifth and closed the gap on the top four to just one point, Solskjaer revealed that Pogba hasn’t suffered a setback but didn’t feel ready to play at Burnley.

“He’s been out for a long while, and he didn’t feel right, he reacted to that one [against Newcastle] so we’ll just have to take our time and get him ready for next time,” Solskjaer said. “He wasn’t ready today because he has not really done too many games, and he’s had two in three days or whatever, two performances. So he just needed another day of recovery probably.

“When you’ve been out for such a while it’s always going to take time before you are 100 per cent. Today I thought Fred and Nemanja [Matic] played really well. And of course, we got two real players out there. I don’t think many of you would think three or four months ago that Fred is going to be one of the best players away at Burnley, at Turf Moor. But he was excellent.”

This was actually a really smart move from Solskjaer. Playing Pogba in a physical game away at Burnley after he’d returned from there months out injured was not a risk worth taking, especially with Scott McTominay now out for “three to four weeks” after knee ligament damage. Pogba should be eased back in and his quality on the ball against Watford and Newcastle totally changed the dynamic for United when he came on to the pitch.

With a trip to Arsenal up next on Wednesday, Pogba will probably start in what is a huge game for the Red Devils to jump further ahead of another team battling to try and sneak into the top four.

United also face Man City in the League Cup semifinals in January and face Wolves in the FA Cup third round in a season-defining few weeks. Whatever you think of Pogba and his inconsistency over the last few seasons, there’s no doubt United need his quality on the ball for these massive games coming up.