Manchester United star Paul Pogba has refused to commit his future to Old Trafford. The player has had a number of run-ins with the United boss Jose Mourinho over the course of the season and it has been rumoured repeatedly that Pogba might leave for Spain or France. The French midfielder opened up about such reports recently. ‘He [Mourinho] put me on the bench, I answered on the pitch, I give my maximum every time,’ Pogba told Canal Plus, as translated by the Metro.
‘These are times when I wasn’t playing. I was on the bench. Much has been spoken about. People thought it was wrong but a coach and player don’t have to be best friends. ‘One is not forced to go to the restaurant together. I had some problems, it’s [a] mental [problem].. It made me grow in leadership. I had the armband with Mourinho, it was the first time in a club. It’s important to me, it makes me grow up to be as a leader in the France team.”
Pogba was a part of the Red Devils set up as youth team star but failed to become a first team regular. The player was a teenager under the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson and having grown frustrated under Fergie at the lack of game time, the player moved to Italy to play for Juventus. Under Antonio Conte, Pogba developed into a star.
He became the dynamic, athletic midfielder he is today and made a record move back to United two seasons ago. His return however, has not gone according to the plan. Many were expecting Pogba to take the league by storm and be one of the most influential players at Old Trafford. While he has been good, Pogba has certainly been inconsistent and has not justified his prodigious skills.
It now seems that the player also has grown frustrated under Mourinho’s reign and is no longer certain of a future at United. ‘Stay at United? You’re never sure of anything. Contractually, it’s on, yes’, Pogba said when asked about his commitment to the club.
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Certainly for United fans, they will want Pogba in their team but it seems there may soon be a time where the Red Devils will have to choose between keeping Mourinho or Pogba as the pair seem unlikely to ever work happily together.