What Manchester United should do with Paul Pogba in January transfer window

Manchester United will be faced with a huge decision over Paul Pogba when the January transfer window opens. The transfer window opens in un...

Manchester United will be faced with a huge decision over Paul Pogba when the January transfer window opens.

The transfer window opens in under a month and one name continues to dominates the headlines.

Paul Pogba's future at Manchester United has been called into question for a number of years but the Frenchman seems closer than ever to finally calling time on his Old Trafford career.

Last week, his agent Mino Raiola described his time at United as 'over', urging United to authorise a transfer for the World Cup winner. Pogba addressed the speculation over his future in a statement on Instagram following the draw against Manchester City but stopped short of denying the rumours linking him with the likes of Juventus and Real Madrid.

United triggered the one-year extension clause in his contract earlier this year to avoid losing him for nothing in the upcoming summer window but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must decide whether to allow him to depart in January if a suitable offer arrives.

It would be seriously weak management from the entire United hierarchy if they were to throw Pogba another lifeline now, considering everything that's happened.

Mino Raiola has got his client exactly what both men wanted: an escape route from Old Trafford. For everyone's sake, it would be better if the exit happened in January rather than the summer, saving Solskjaer the torture of deciding whether to pick Pogba or not each week and the inevitable criticism for doing one rather than the other.

There is no need for United to go full 'Mesut Ozil and Arsenal' and banish the player completely, but a swift and relatively pain-free departure now would be the most palatable conclusion to a rather undignifying four-and-a-half years for Pogba back in Manchester.

Liam Corless

Pogba couldn't leave in the summer due to the coronavirus and Raiola's full interview with Tuttosport was published on the day the first Pfizer vaccine was administered in Coventry.

The conspiracy theorists have been out in force this year but that was, of course, purely coincidental, although a return to pre-COVID normality would serve Pogba's ambitions of securing a big move away well.

Pogba's talent has never been in question but uttering/typing those words has become tiresome and he has never backed his talent up with consistency in a red shirt.

United have six senior central midfielders in their squad and one of the best Ajax academy products in recent years is barely getting a sniff. Pogba's time is up — United just need to hope a team will come and take him.

Marcus Banks


It wouldn't be a transfer window without discussing Pogba but January should be the final window during which his future is debated.



Raiola's comments came at the worst possible time for United. Solskjaer may have denied his interview affected United's performance against RB Leipzig but it was another unnecessary distraction stemming from an agent with a history of dragging clubs' names through the mud.


It's time to finally allow Pogba to leave and United will be better off without him. They have a ready-made replacement in Donny van de Beek who has waited patiently for his opportunity to impress. Pogba's departure will allow the Dutchman more minutes in rotation with Scott McTominay.

Pogba's sale gives United some flexibility in the January window with areas still needing to be addressed after a below-par summer. A centre-back or right-sided forward should be considered if the right target becomes available. If not, United can save the money until the summer.

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