Some Manchester United players felt Paul Pogba was occasionally given special treatment by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The France international is out of contract this summer and I don’t think many fans of the club will miss Pogba when he finally departs.
Maybe you could say the same for a section of the dressing room.
According to The Times, there were a few players who were shocked that Pogba got away with comments he made in a 2019 about being open to a new challenge away from Old Trafford.
Paul Hirst claims: “Pogba became another source of controversy. Some players could not believe that he was not chastised – or sold even – by Solskjaer for claiming in an interview in 2019 that he was considering ‘a new challenge elsewhere’, and became annoyed that they played through the pain barrier with injuries when Pogba was allowed to fly to foreign countries during his rehabilitation.”
At other clubs, Pogba would have faced punishment of some sort for his comments, but United seemingly did not bat an eyelid. And it’s clear that the preferential treatment didn’t work out because he snubbed a contract offer to stay at the club.
Pogba never had the required desire to make a real impact at United but he looks set to return to Juventus this summer in a free transfer. He also flirted with the idea of joining Manchester City.
Back in Turin, the Frenchman is loved but the Juventus team is not what it used to be – when a young Pogba blossomed in the same midfield as Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.
Pogba has work to do to prove his critics wrong after a failed return to United.