Paul Pogba could join Premier League rival after Man Utd exit

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is set to leave the club on a free transfer this summer after completing his contract for the second time in 10 years.

The 29-year-old has cut a frustrating figure for most of his six years at United since returning in 2016, but the Frenchman’s messy spell at the club is finally about to come to an end.

Pogba’s relationship with supporters has been fractured for several years and now the scenes of United’s 3-2 win over Norwich last week confirmed that, with fans turning on the player as he walked off the pitch.

Despite a late win against the Canaries, the Old Trafford faithful made their feelings for Pogba clear and the midfielder wasted no time in making a gesture in return by cupping his ears.

According to Sky Sports, the swap would have hurt Pogba and he is now increasingly likely to leave the club after failing to commit to his long-term future. Also, in what could be a blow for the club, he could join a Premier League rival as the report says Pogba hasn’t ruled out staying in the country.

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Pogba could also have played his last minutes for United during his brief appearances at Anfield. He was substituted through injury after around 10 minutes and Ralf Rangnick confirmed he didn’t expect the midfielder to be available for the games against Chelsea and Arsenal.

SN’s verdict…
Manchester United and Pogba are both to blame for the way things have gone over the past six years, but Pogba’s refusal to associate with the club, willingness to flirt with other clubs and out-of-the-box antics terrain did very little to mitigate the suggestions of a crevasse.

United fans will certainly not lose sleep over his exit, but if he thought the reception against Norwich was bad, he will have an even worse one if he returns to Old Trafford with another Premier League side.

Amanda J. Marsh