Manchester United know that Roy Keane is right about Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba's Man Utd exit is inevitable, with his contract due to expire in 2022 and the Frenchman having no interest in penning an exte...

Paul Pogba's Man Utd exit is inevitable, with his contract due to expire in 2022 and the Frenchman having no interest in penning an extension.

Roy Keane was never a player who sought fame but, whether he likes it or not, he is is an A-list pundit.

His no-nonsense analysis isn't always tactically the sharpest but his old-school attitude appeals to viewers and he was typically blunt when discussing Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United after the dourest derby in memory.

“If you think Pogba is going to get United challenging for titles, you’re confirming you’re in cuckoo land," Keane told Micah Richards, whose bromance with the former United captain has been well received this year.

"Pogba wants to leave?" Keane then asked. "Let him go and get a few bob in January or the summer, no big deal. If he leaves again Man United will survive, trust me."

Pogba has wanted to leave United for upwards of two years and fans need no reminder of the interview the Frenchman conducted on an adidas tour of Asia in 2019 — Solskjaer's first summer in charge — when he stated his desire for a new challenge, despite having come nowhere near finishing the one he undertook three years earlier.

United won two trophies in Pogba's first season at the club but have won nothing since those Carabao Cup and Europa League triumphs and last contested a final in 2018.

"It’s no big deal, players have wanted to leave United before," Keane said. "David Beckham wanted to leave, Peter Schmeichel wanted to leave and these are all legends of the club."

Keane perhaps didn't name Cristiano Ronaldo because he'd long since left by the time Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009, but the Portuguese is the biggest player to have left United in the Premier League era and United won the league in two of the following four seasons, and reached a Champions League final.

There is evidence aplenty that Pogba's inevitable departure will not have a catastrophic impact and United obviously know that wouldn't be the case anyway.

Consciously or subconsciously, or perhaps a bit of both, United have been planning for life without the World Cup winner in recent months.

Donny van de Beek arrived from Ajax in the summer and some of United's best performances of the campaign came with the Dutchman in a trio alongside Fred and the talismanic Bruno Fernandes — another player whose influence has lessened Pogba's importance.

Gary Neville said that United's is a team that plays in moments, and that is a comment that certainly applies to Pogba. Those rare moments might be missed, but the player and the drama will not.

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