Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United has dominated the headlines over the last couple of years and it doesn’t look like the final seven months of his contract at the club is going to be any different.
The player’s agent, Mino Raiola, has addressed Pogba’s future at Manchester United on countless occasions but his latest statement is probably the most modest.
Pogba has less than a year remaining on his contract at Manchester United, which could culminate in the 28-year-old departing Old Trafford on a free transfer for the second time in a decade.
He is also free to speak with other clubs over a pre-agreement as soon as in January, with Raiola dubbing December as ‘the month for dreaming’.
— TUTTOmercatoWEB (@TuttoMercatoWeb) November 17, 2021
“Dreaming is free, I don’t forbid anyone to dream, it’s good,” Raiola is heard telling TuttoMercatoWeb, via Sport Witness. “Then let’s see if they come true. December is the month for dreaming with Christmas and the holidays, it’s still too early, let’s see what happens.
“We don’t know why, but when we talk about Pogba in England, even the dead wake up. Some former Manchester United players, if they don’t talk about Pogba and me, they don’t talk about anything. So it’s better not to talk about it.”
SN’s verdict on Raiola’s latest comments and Pogba’s future at the club…
Undeniably, having to deal with Pogba’s vocal agent remains one of the downsides to having Pogba in your side but his talent makes up for it. At least it has at times.
Now, with his exit in sight, Manchester United are no longer reliant on Pogba and they can afford to lose him for nothing. The big blow in that would be to not recoup any of that staggering fee they paid for him in 2016.
In Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rigid 4-2-3-1 system, Pogba is lost when he plays in midfield and when he plays on either wing, an attacking talent is made to watch from the sidelines.
It doesn’t look like Pogba’s exit would be a huge blow to United on or off the pitch. Simply put, they would be smart to cut their losses and accept his departure for nothing rather than try to extend his terms. An extension to his contract could severely damage the club’s wage structure.
Raiola didn’t say anything groundbreaking in his latest interview but clearly accepted that Pogba’s situation is far from ideal.