There were some glaring issues in Manchester United’s embarrassing defeat to Leicester City on Saturday afternoon and one of them was Paul Pogba’s lackluster performance.
The 28-year-old midfielder is out of contract next summer and is doing himself no favours if he intends on keeping his leverage over the club. His potential departure is becoming far more acceptable with each passing game.
Pogba started the season in blistering form, which included four assists in the opening Premier League game against Leeds United. Since then, he has been hit and miss at best.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly intent on playing Pogba in his full-strength team and usually, it comes at a cost. If he plays on the left wing, Marcus Rashford or Jadon Sancho must be left out. If he plays in midfield, United lose stability and are susceptible to the counter-attack, an issue once again at the King Power Stadium.
Fred is often the subject of criticism but the Brazil international offers balance to a side that usually lacks it, whilst Pogba adds to the topsyturvy nature of United under Solskjaer.
Solskjaer’s ability to make big decisions has been questioned in the last couple of weeks but clearly, he isn’t afraid to place one of his best-paid players on the bench, as was the case when Ronaldo watched from the sidelines against Everton two weeks ago.
Manchester United will need Paul Pogba this season but a long-term extension to his contract, which would likely see him become the club’s top earner, would do more harm than good.