A return to Manchester United on a then world-record transfer from Juventus a couple of years back was a massive statement of intent from Jose Mourinho who took charge to reclaim the lost glory at Old Trafford and the decorated midfield star, despite a failed previous stint, was desperate to prove his critics wrong on his return to English football.
There have been many discussions and analysis on whether the player has justified the hype, however, France’s astounding World Cup win in Russia pointed out the significance of a certain Paul Pogba in the middle of the park. It baffled many when the charismatic Portuguese tactician opted to field the Frenchman right from the beginning against Leicester City despite lack of enough sessions since returning from extended vacation and handed him captain’s armband to lead the Red Devils. The player delivered a towering display, converted a spot-kick early in the game and also received a standing ovation at the Theatre of Dreams while being replaced by Marouane Fellaini in closing minutes.
Meanwhile, his lack of celebration raised a few eyebrows and his explosive interview has now fueled up certain speculations.
“There are things and there are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined.”
Pogba, known as an outspoken individual, could not hide his emotions but left everyone in shock despite not revealing his state of mind furthermore. His disharmony and conflicts with Mourinho have popped out pretty often in past two years whereas a recent interest from Barcelona is also being assumed to be a reason behind his controversial statement right after the game. The Catalans allegedly made a bizarre offer of £45m plus Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes to acquire the France international which, as expected, was turned down by the Red Devils late in the window. Although they still can sell players before 31st August’s deadline, every possibility of Pogba’s transfer to Barcelona is categorically ruled out at least for the time being.
It is still unclear why someone of Pogba’s stature is discontent after enjoying the best few weeks of his life lifting the greatest of all silverware, however, something is not at all virtuous at Carrington Training Ground right now and needs to be sorted out at the earliest to avoid a meltdown in Mourinho’s third season as United boss.