Paul Pogba finally returned back from his three-month-long injury lay off to play around 30 minutes during Man United’s 2-0 loss to Watford in the Premier League.
And during his short stint on the pitch, the World Cup winner once again showed what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been missing all this time.
With the return of Paul Pogba to the first XI, the debate of whether United are planning to sell him off has once again taken wind and maybe Gary Neville has come up with a plot which we might have been overlooking.
All this while the Man United manager has maintained that Paul Pogba remains an integral part of the squad but according to Neville, Ole has been saying this so that the player’s value does not depreciate in the transfer market.
Neville told Sky Sports[as quoted]: “We know he [Pogba] will score goals and get assists, but every week single week Solskjaer is fielding questions about his future, so he needs to settle down at the club, or he needs to leave.
“The team has developed without him. They need players who want to be at the club. His agent [Mino Raiola] has spoken again this week.
“I think Solskjaer is playing a clever game right now, or he desperately wants him to stay. If he came out and said ‘No, Pogba does not have a future here’ then it would depreciate the price heavily.
Paul Pogba’s game by numbers vs. Watford:
90% pass accuracy
2 passes into the box
2/2 shots on target
2 ball recoveries
2/2 long balls
1 through ball
1 key pass
Man Utd took 10 shots in the 26 minutes he played and 7 in the 64 he didn’t. 🇫🇷 pic.twitter.com/UWdnQkaHx6
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“So I think he’s saying Pogba has a future here, but I can’t believe there isn’t something going on behind the scenes, especially when you hear the agent’s comments this week.
“Every inclination I get from the situation is that he wants to play football for someone else. My view would be that Manchester United would be better off without that if that’s the case.
“I think there will be clubs interested. He gets goals, assists and he is a player. He is Manchester United’s best player but does he want to play for the club?”