If Paul Pogba wants to go, Manchester United should just let him

The drama surrounding Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United continued to unfold this week, with the midfielder hinting that a move may well be on the cards.

The only future he was prepared to commit to was “right now” before repeating that he was “currently” a United player but “who knows what will happen over the next couple of months.” These certainly aren’t the encouraging words United supporters would hope to hear from their best outfield player. (Deepening the mystery, Pogba on Thursday night, after France’s match against Germany, commented on the exit rumours, saying: “It’s not me who is talking.”)cheap nfl jerseys china nike

While some fans may be desperate to cling on to him, many will have to acknowledge there’s no point keeping hold of a player who doesn’t want to be there. And there’s no pride in pandering after a want-away player either, especially not for supporters who believe their club is the biggest in the world.

This isn’t a totally foreign situation for them, though. During the summer of 2008, star man Cristiano Ronaldo was regularly linked with a move to Real Madrid and he was all too happy to encourage the rumours. “Only God knows” was his standard response when quizzed about his United future. “I love to play in white,” he said when interviewed following a Euro 2008 game for Portugal, with a cheeky grin on his face. “The white of the national team,” he added.2

Watching your best player flirt with another club and the possibility of leaving is always fairly painful. Pogba’s claim that “I give it my all for United always” is of little comfort, especially when his start to the season has been anticlimactic, with him acknowledging that his attitude wasn’t right in his team’s defeat against Brighton.

But if he wants to go, United should allow him to leave. The medal he won this summer will only add to his astronomical transfer value. Yet the more depressing reality is that it is unlikely United will know how to spend it. If their transfer business following Ronaldo’s sale is anything to go by, as well as the many windows since, there’s small comfort in knowing they can demand a large sum for him.

In the summer, given a choice between the player and manager, many supporters would have picked the former. He was seen as the long-term hope for the club while Jose Mourinho was only ever going to make it until the end of the season, at most. Yet Mourinho has seen his stock rise in recent weeks, with fans in the Stretford End and the away end at Burnley making their feelings known, and the manager reciprocated by entering the pitch to applaud them.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Pogba’s latest comments won’t endear him to the fanbase, though, and his timing in kicking up a fuss seems puzzling. It’s hard to imagine the club would let him leave in January, so he should prepare himself for a long season ahead if he’s unhappy enough to keep cryptically voicing his displeasure now.

It’s difficult to pinpoint just one thing that may have lead Pogba to be unsure about his position at the club. His apparent falling-out behind the scenes with Mourinho won’t have helped, even if both parties deny there are problems.