Paul Ince rates Paul Pogba’s chances of staying at Man United
The Man United legend believes Paul Pogba could leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window
Paul Ince has tipped Manchester United to sell Paul Pogba in the January transfer window.
The France international has endured a challenging start to the Premier League season after falling out of favour under Jose Mourinho.
Pogba was stripped off the vice captaincy earlier this season after the club record signing appeared to criticise Mourinho’s tactics after a 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The 25-year-old managed to win back a spot in the Manchester United team but a hapless performance in a 2-2 draw with Southampton at last month infuriated Mourinho to such an extend that he reportedly called Pogba “a virus” in the dressing room at St Mary’s.
Pogba has been regularly linked with a return to Serie A giants Juventus over the past few months, while FC Barcelona have also been credited with an interest in the Manchester United star in the recent past.
The World Cup winner didn’t feature in Manchester United’s starting XI for their games against Arsenal and Fulham to raise questions about his future.
Now, former Manchester United midfielder Ince believes everything is pointing to Pogba leaving Old Trafford next month.
“If Paul Pogba’s not playing for United then there’s only one option,” Ince told talkSPORT.
“You don’t spend that kind of money on a player and have him on the bench, unless you’re winning week-in, week-out, which you’re not.
“I think he’s brought it upon himself, Pogba. I think he’s a world class player when he wants to be.
“The relationship between Mourinho and Pogba doesn’t seem right. Some of the things Mourinho will say about him… if he’s not trying, deal with it.
“It doesn’t need to be aired in public, I’m not sure that works. It kind of looks to me that they’re both angling to get him out in January.
“If I looked at all the evidence… He came on the other day and he didn’t get rapturous applause from the crowd, half were having him and half weren’t.
“So it looks like the fans are starting to turn against him, which is never nice, and it looks like he’s going to have to start winning the fans over again, which you can’t do sitting on the bench.
“So it all points to, come January, I think he’ll be gone.”
Pogba moved back to Manchester United from Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window after the Red Devils spent £89m on the France international in August 2016.