Paul Pogba has been “nothing but problems” for Manchester United since returning to the club in 2016, according to a former Red Devil as reports begin to swirl that the club has dropped its asking price for the midfielder in a bid to sell him.
Pogba became the most expensive player in the world when United re-signed him from Juventus back in 2016 but he has failed to live up to the standards he set in Italy during the following four and a half years.
His best position is still a constant source of debate as United have failed to consistently bring out the best in the player, despite two different managers having a go at finding a way to improve the World Cup winner.
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And with Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes having been signed with his exit in mind, former United star Paul Ince believes it is now or never for Pogba to prove his worth.
He told Ladbrokes: “I love Pogba. I think he’s a world-class player on his day. We saw that at Juventus. But since he’s come to Manchester United it’s been nothing but problems.
“Under Jose Mourinho and things with his agent, there’s always something. His performances haven’t been up to scratch, the fans have almost gone against him.
“If I was playing with him, I’d be saying ‘listen, you just go out there and play. Go out there and start performing. Once you start performing like you should be performing, then you can talk about wanting to sign for Real Madrid, because at the moment you can’t even get into the Man United side.’
“If I’m Paul Pogba, I’m sitting on the bench thinking ‘hang on, I’ve got Fred, Scott McTominay and Bruno Fernandes all playing in midfield and I’m sat on the bench? There’s got to be something wrong with me.’
“Man United is not about Paul Pogba.”
Pogba has recently said it is still his dream to play for Real Madrid and according to Spanish newspaper AS, Manchester United are ready to drop their price to as low as £53m.
Pogba is still contracted to the club until 2022 after United triggered an option to extend his deal by another 12 months, meaning that he will enter the final year of his Old Trafford contract at the end of the season.
That is a time when clubs feel they can get a bargain as United will fear they will lose him for nothing the following year.
Juventus are another option for Pogba, with director Fabio Paratici admitting his club still “love” the midfielder.
“Paul Pogba as our target? In this moment he’s a Man Utd player, it’s difficult to think about transfers,” he said.
“We love Pogba, he’s a fantastic player but it’s too early to talk about our targets for the future.”