A lot has been said and written about Paul Pogba since he made his return to Old Trafford for a fee said to be around the £89 million mark.
He was labelled as one of the best midfielders in the world, with the potential to go on to become one of the greatest of all time, but since arriving back at his former club, things haven’t exactly gone to plan, and there have been murmurings of discontent over recent times.
Even if the stats don’t show it, there’s no denying Pogba has quality, and is one of the best central midfielders around on his day. In his first season back with Manchester United, the Frenchman managed to score 9 goals and assist 6 in 51 games. This led to many suggesting that United and Mourinho had overpaid for the former Red Devil and that he wasn’t this superstar that many believed him to be.
You could say that this season both Pogba and Manchester United have enjoyed a more successful campaign. However, it was this season when the rumours of discontent started to grow, with reported fallings out with manager Jose Mourinho. Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, also got involved and was said to have been offering Pogba around to other clubs, including United’s local rivals, Manchester City.
All of this, combined with the fact that Pogba has found himself starting on the bench now and again this season, saw rumours generate that he would be sold by the club this summer, but thankfully that no longer seems to be the case. Pogba has recently lifted the lid so to speak on his rows with Mourinho but stressed that he uses them in a positive way. While Pogba’s form has been patchy, in recent times it has improved, and he was named the club’s player of the month for April.
While Mourinho has called out some of his players this season for not only lacking the quality but at times the desire, to help Manchester United be successful, it’s unlikely Pogba will be involved in the exodus that many expect to take place this summer. Instead, it’s more likely that Mourinho will try and bring in more quality, building his team around the likes of David De Gea, Pogba and Romelu Lukaku.
The sole aim next season has to be to get closer to Manchester City. It’s unlikely that any side will be able to topple them just yet, especially if Guardiola is armed with another war chest during the close season. Mourinho, however, will be doing everything in his power to rival them once again, and to do so he will need his better players to stand up and be counted, with Pogba being one of them.
You can also see Pogba’s third season back at Old Trafford being more successful than the previous two, especially if Mourinho manages to bring in the players he wants this summer. Playing alongside a higher calibre of player will likely see Pogba become more consistent, and if he comes back to the club after enjoying a good World Cup with France this summer, we may see the Paul Pogba that United paid nearly £90 million for.