Paul Pogba’s “Free” Exit Confirmed By Man United

Paul Pogba’s “Free” Exit Confirmed By Man United

Paul Pogba joined Manchester United from Juventus for £89 million in 2016, but the midfielder will depart for the second time this summer on a free transfer.

Manchester United have confirmed that Paul Pogba will leave the club on a free transfer for the second time when his contract expires later this month.

Pogba’s final decision on his future transfer is expected to be a “football decision,” and the France international has not ruled out staying in the Premier League.

Pogba is unlikely to be paid more money by a European team than United was ready to spend when he was offered a new contract last summer.

The 29-year-old midfielder spent three years at Manchester United as a youth between 2009 and 2012 before joining Juventus on a free transfer.

He returned to United in 2016 for a club-record £89 million fee after a trophy-laden period in Italy, making 226 appearances during his second stay with the club.

Under previous boss Jose Mourinho, the French international was a significant player in the squad, winning the EFL Cup and Europa League in his first season back in England.

However, he failed to find a position under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick, with injuries limiting his playing time as his second term in the Premier League drew to a close.

Due to hamstring and calf issues, Pogba has only scored once in 27 appearances in all competitions this season.

He suffered the latter injury in a 4-0 defeat by arch rivals Liverpool in April, and it will be his last game for the Red Devils. 

The Paris native’s talent is evident, but his United legacy is tainted, as he has been chastised by critics, fans, and even his own managers for what appears to be a lack of effort at times.

Because he will not be 30 until next year, the World Cup champion still has plenty to provide at his highest level, and a return to Juventus looks to be his most probable option, though he has also been linked with moves to PSG and Real Madrid.

Pogba’s two stints at United were chronicled in a long statement on the club’s official website, which began when he entered the academy from Le Havre at the age of 16.

It held: “The club can confirm that Paul Pogba will depart Manchester United at the end of June, at the expiration of his contract.”

It goes on to say: “Everyone at Manchester United would like to congratulate Paul on his long and successful career, as well as thank him for his services to the club.

We wish him the best of luck on the next leg of his incredible adventure.” 

Pogba joined United from French club Le Havre in 2009 and scored 39 goals in 233 first-team games.

After playing a major role in the FA Youth Cup-winning team in 2011, the midfielder joined Juventus the following year and went on to earn a slew of medals in Turin. 

Pogba returned to Old Trafford in 2016 but failed to live up to expectations, winning the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season back. 

The 29-year-old, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, is set to leave United on a free transfer for the second time, with a return to the club where, between 2012 and 2016, he won four straight Serie A titles and two Coppa Italia, Juventus, a possibility. 

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