Manchester United should have tried to sell Paul Pogba during the summer transfer window, because the midfielder clearly doesn’t want to be at the club anymore. That’s the view of Andy Gray.
Pogba had a poor game on Sunday as United were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Old Trafford.
The midfielder’s performance was summed up as he tripped Hector Bellerin inside the box to give away a penalty with 20 minutes to play.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home the penalty to give the visitors the lead, and they never turned back.
Pogba stayed on the pitch for the entire game, despite offering very little going forward, while his midfield partner Bruno Fernandes was swapped out for Donny van de Beek.
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The midfielder admitted after the game that he was tired, and blamed the tackle for the penalty on fatigue.
Pogba has been the topic of numerous discussions recently, and only last month had his contract extended by the club.
Earlier this year he had been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and there were rumours going into the summer transfer window that he could be sold.
The arrival of Van de Beek in the same position as him threw further his future further into doubt, and his public declaration that he wanted to play for Real Madrid did little to squash the speculation.
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And Gray believes it’s clear that Pogba doesn’t want to stay at the club, and claimed his performances are struggling as a result.
Speaking to beIN Sports, the pundit admitted he would have tried to sell him during the summer, and explained he doesn’t turn up enough when it matters.
“The only reason there can be is that he doesn’t want to be there,” Gray said.
“I seriously would have thought of moving him on in the summer.
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“I know that might horrify Man United fans, but I really would have thought of it.
“If they’re going to build this team, if Solskjaer is given time… and that’s a big if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to be given time to build it, [Pogba is] a big personality.
“He’s a huge personality, can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer control him?
“If you paid the best part of £100million to get him in, you’re paying him £1million a month to keep him there, you can’t have a player who only turns up once every four or five games.
“Paul Pogba needs to play three or four out of every five games at his best level in order to justify that.
“The best players do. The best players play [well] in three out of four or five games. They might have had an odd game where it might not happen, but that’s an athlete for you.
“Pogba doesn’t do enough for me. He just doesn’t do it enough for what they paid out for him.
“They wanted him to be the main man, the modern-day Roy Keane, talismanic, pick them out of a hole when they’re in trouble.”
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