Paul Pogba may have played his “last minutes” for Manchester United, with a move to Paris Saint-Germain appearing increasingly possible in the coming summer transfer window.
This summer’s transfer to the Parc des Princes is now likely after the midfielder was hurt during Ralf Rangnick’s side’s hammering at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Despite only playing nine minutes in what turned out to be another terrible night for United, the Frenchman was forced to leave the team’s defeat at Anfield due to an injury.
Another vital victory over their opponents was secured thanks to goals from Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane, and a brace from Mohamed Salah, as the visitors’ woes continue to mount.
Pogba, who is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season, limped off the field with what appeared to be a calf injury and may not return to action for the Red Devils this season.
It is expected that the midfielder, who returned to the club for £89 million in 2016, will leave as a free agent for the second time, having already left when his contract expired a decade ago, will leave as a free agent for the first time.
The 29-year-old was only on the field for nine minutes during the trip to Anfield, by which time his club had already gone behind and was on the verge of a humiliating defeat to Liverpool.
Gary Neville, a former Manchester United defender, warned on commentary that if Pogba’s ailment continues for more than a few weeks, “those could be his final minutes in a Manchester United shirt.”
PSG has emerged as a serious contender for Pogba’s signing, with Mbappe, Pogba’s France international colleague, pressuring him to accept a contract with the French club.
It has been said that Paris Saint-Germain are still interested in re-signing their star striker, and that part of their charm offensive includes giving him a say in the club’s transfer policy, with Paul Pogba at the top of their wishlist.
When Paul Pogba was injured during United’s 2-1 loss at Anfield, interim manager Ralf Rangnick could not keep his wrath to himself.
The interim manager of Manchester United explained: “He pulled a muscle in his calf as a result of a muscular condition.”
As a result of injuries, we’re down to our seventh or eighth player, and we’re only competing in one tournament this year.
It must provoke specific responses from the audience. Although I am dissatisfied with the situation, it is the horrible truth of the situation at the moment, and we must accept it.
The question of why there is such a high number of injuries was answered by Rangnick, who stated, Liverpool are participating in four competitions and have no injuries, so it is also on how you practice.
What you do and the steps you take to recover and regain full fitness are important considerations.
These are the kinds of questions that need to be asked. “The potential to change it exists; other clubs have successfully done so.
Is it reasonable to expect their players to be in better shape than ours? This isn’t something that has to be the default setting by any means.”
A lengthy and distinguished career has been had by Pogba, who has won four Serie A titles, three domestic cups, the World Cup, the Nations League, and countless other awards during his time with the club.
He has only won two major honours since being re-signed by United for a club-record fee in the summer of 2016, with none coming since the start of the 2017 season.