The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern have become accustomed to rumours linking Paul Pogba with a move away from the club in recent weeks, but the vast majority of supporters are hoping that there is little truth in the reports.
Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense scrutiny since his return to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016, and after nearly two years at the club discussion regarding both his current form and his future at the club continue to dominate the British media. Pogba temporarily silenced his doubters in the Manchester derby two weekends ago by scoring a quick-fire brace to draw his side level before United eventually went on to win the game, but their weekend defeat against West Brom has prompted further criticism and speculation this week.
According to The Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho is hoping to replace Pogba with Manchester City target and Shakhtar Donetsk talent Fred in the summer, as he believes the Brazilian is more disciplined and reliable than the erratic French international. The Portuguese manager may be correct with his assertion at this moment in time, but he would be wise to adopt some patience with his controversial star as he undoubtedly has the potential to become one of the most effective midfielders on the continent.
Patience is a virtue that is slowly dying out in the modern game, so it’s no surprise that some supporters would be happy for United to cash in on Pogba this summer. However, at just 25-years-old he still has plenty of maturing, adapting and learning to do, so it would be a nonsensical decision to sell him in the summer considering the level of raw potential and talent he has demonstrated over the years.
But if United want to accumulate some funds to pursue other targets in the transfer market, they would be wise to consider selling a player who looks out of his depth at Old Trafford, namely Victor Lindelof. Lindelof arrived at the club from Benfica last summer with high expectations following a big-money deal for his services, but so far he has failed to meet those expectations with his performances.
The Swedish international has been unconvincing at the heart of United’s defence with poor decision making and lapses in concentration at the core of his frailties. With Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly all fighting for a place at centre-back alongside Lindelof, it’s fair to say United could afford to let one of their defenders leave in the summer.
Moving from a weaker division such as the Portuguese league is often a risky transfer which can easily backfire, and in United’s case the decision to sign Lindelof has been a poor one thus far, so Mourinho should ensure that Pogba remains in Manchester this summer and instead allow Lindelof to depart the club if a reasonable offer arrives for his services.
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