If there is a player in the Premier League that has generated more talk, be it positive or negative, than Paul Pogba – then I certainly haven’t heard of them. Nobody has been the trending topic of the day more often than the divisive Frenchman following his then-record breaking move to Old Trafford.
After a few excellent years at Juventus following his first Man Utd exit, the Frenchman returned with a point to prove, and the Red Devils paid big money to see him move back to Manchester.
What followed that move, though, had been impossible to predict. The 25-year-old has either been excellent or dire – depending on who you ask – with many unable to separate his often sensational performances on the field with his ever-divisive personality off of it. Inconsistency has played a part over the years, that can’t be doubted, but it often seems as though onlookers are desperate to find a reason to criticise Pogba.
That’s certainly been true of Joes Mourinho. The Man Utd manager has fired more than a few thinly-veiled digs Pogba’s way during his time at Old Trafford, yet now it appears as though they could be about to backfire. According to the Daily Mail, Pogba wants to leave Man Utd, having become disillusioned with life under the Portuguese manager.
Unsurprisingly, Mourinho himself apparently isn’t against the idea of letting the midfielder leave, and that’s a perspective that is hard to understand. For now, it appears as though the Man Utd brass aren’t ready to put their faith in Mourinho by cashing in on Pogba, but as we’ve seen in the past, the club have often moved to back their boss.
However, in this case, falling on the side of Mourinho could prove to be a disastrous mistake by the Red Devils.
If there is a player in the Premier League that has generated more talk, be it positive or negative, than Paul Pogba – then I certainly haven’t heard of them.
There is, after all, a reason why Man Utd spend so much to bring him back to the club. Indeed, there are plenty of reasons, and those, of course, start first and foremost with his ability on the field.
There’s nobody else in the Man Utd team that is quite like him. For all of his flaws, the Frenchman can truly do what nobody else can on his day. His tall and robust frame makes him a real presence in the midfield, whilst his technical ability is more reminiscent of a small Spanish technician. He’s a rare breed in that he can, truly, do anything and everything. Driving towards defences with purpose and power? Check. Delivering long balls from one end of the pitch to the other? Check. Using his boundless energy and pace to get back and defend? Check. Offering a threat in front of goal? Double check. Indeed, the 6 goals and 10 assists that the Frenchman bagged last season go some way to highlighting just what he can do, but that only tells half the story.
Much of what Pogba does goes under the radar, and that’s what makes him so unique. Those effortless passes and timely dribbles may look simple to you and me, however, there’s a reason why nobody else is able to do that.
Selling him now would cement the club’s most significant move in the past decade as a failure
But Pogba’s importance to this team extends far beyond his impact on the field. He also serves as the visual representation of a new era at Man Utd. He, in many ways, has come to symbolise the Red Devils post-Sir Alex Ferguson. Selling him now would cement the club’s most significant move in the past decade as a failure, and in doing so, they would be accepting that they made yet another major mistake in bringing him back. Not to mention, Pogba’s developed into the face of the club, and he’s become the main marketing tool at Old Trafford. Though not likely to be an explicit reason as to why fans may be for or against his sale, it’s a consideration that the board must make.
Has Pogba performed as most know he can in the last few years? In bursts, of course he has, but he certainly hasn’t been able to produce on a weekly basis. However, selling him now would be a grave error in more ways than one.
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