The Manchester United fans were disappointed in the Transfer Tavern last night after their side drew 0-0 against Sevilla in the first-leg of their last-sixteen Champions League tie.
Manchester United set up in a typical Jose Mourinho style last night with a defensive mindset and a desire to hurt their opponents on the break. An away goal would have given The Red Devils a huge advantage going into the second leg of the tie in three weeks time, but the goalless draw means they will have to win the second-leg at Old Trafford to progress into the quarter-finals of the competition.
One of the shocks of the evening arrived before the teams even kicked off, as Mourinho decided to leave Paul Pogba (valued at £81 million by Transfermarkt) on the bench in favour of a starting berth for Ander Herrera. However, Herrera was forced off with an injury in the 17th minute and Pogba was brought on to replace the Spaniard.
Pogba’s impact on proceedings wasn’t enough to enable United to score a crucial away goal, and it was discussion over his future rather than his performance that took precedent in the post-match analysis. According to Sports Illustrated, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has been contacting top clubs from across Europe in an attempt to drum up interest for his services, despite the face Mourinho is eager to keep him at Old Trafford this season.
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Although it seems a little early for Pogba to turn his back on United after they invested a whopping £94 million to secure his services only 18 months ago, he might be wise to consider a move away from the club due to his incompatibility with Mourinho’s managerial style and preferred tactical approach. Pogba clearly has the technical ability to become one of the world’s best central midfielders, but the role he is being asked to play at United is restricting him from reaching the dizzy heights he has been widely predicted to reach.
The French international is only 24-years-old and he still has his best footballing years ahead of him, and if he wants to make the most of his career during his prime he should contemplate making a move away from Old Trafford to a club which is better suited to his style of play.