Manchester United Treble winner Teddy Sheringham has questioned the mentality of Paul Pogba and thinks he needs to leave the club.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that the Frenchman is fully fit ahead of a possible Premier League restart next month and many fans are excited about the prospect of Pogba partnering Bruno Fernandes in midfield.
But Pogba, who has spent almost all of this season on the sidelines due to injury, has his critics at Old Trafford and his long-term future is yet to be resolved.
Speculation over a transfer away from United has been rife for two years now, with a move to team up with Zinedine Zidane and a return to old club Juventus both touted as possible options for the midfielder.
Pogba currently has one year left on his current deal at United that the club has the option to extend a further year. But as of yet, there has been no indication that he is willing to commit his long-term future to Old Trafford.
And former United striker Sheringham believes Pogba has the wrong attitude for what Solskjaer is trying to build at the club.
“You mention about captains, when things weren’t going right in our time, Roy Keane would make things right. He would drive our team, he would dig deep and he would make sure we had a say in every game he played in because of his desire.
“When you look at Paul Pogba, does he have the same mentality? Yes he might be a talented boy but he really dig deep, does he get Manchester United out of the mire when the going gets tough?
“For me, he gives off the wrong vibe as a Manchester United. Yes, it’s good to be cocky at the right time, Dwight Yorke was cocky and arrogant but he had the desire to do things right as well at the right time.
“You’ve got to have that and I don’t think Paul Pogba gives you that. I think he would be one that needs to go so you can get someone else in who has the right mentality, the right desire, the Manchester United way to drive the team on to make sure you get out the position you’re in and move the club forward.”
We agree with Sheringham that a leader in the mould of Roy Keane would be perfect for United to build their team around. But it’s difficult to think of a player in the modern era that shares the same traits as the abrasive winner that Keane was in the heart of United’s midfield.
The lack of clarity Pogba has provided on his United future makes it understandable that many fans want to see him out of the club. But given the transfer uncertainty around the coronavirus, it looks like he will be staying put another season at least and Solskjaer now has the task of trying to get the best out of one of the most talented but enigmatic players in world football.