Rio Ferdinand identifies who must make Man United decision about Paul Pogba
Man United legend Rio Ferdinand gives his verdict on Paul Pogba's future at Old Trafford
Rio Ferdinand says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer must make the decision about Paul Pogba’s future at Manchester United.
The Red Devils are contending with relentless speculation surrounding their club record signing and a potential move to Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane’s return to The Bernabeu has promoted a fresh wave of transfer gossip suggesting that Pogba could be set to make a switch to the Spanish capital.
Pogba has endured a stop-start second spell at Manchester United after Jose Mourinho spent a club record £89m to sign the France international from Juventus in 2016.
The 26-year-old has won the Europa League and the League Cup since his return to Old Trafford but Manchester United aren’t any closer to winning the Champions League or the Premier League.
Pogba produced a disappointing performance in Manchester United’s 3-0 loss to FC Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
And now, former Manchester United defender Ferdinand has his say on Pogba’s future at the 20-time English champions.
“I think that’s a big decision in the summer,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“I think it’s up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“I think as well there’s been, you here things in the media that he might want to leave and he’s fancying a trip abroad.
“But I think it’s either you build the team around him, of a player of this calibre.
“Because you’ve seen once Ole came into the door his level went up.
“He’s got 16 goals this season, albeit six of them penalties.
“But the output in terms of goals has been a marked improvement since Ole’s come here.
“So that’s something I’m sure Ole will take into account. It’s going to be [judged] over the time Ole’s been here.
“Ole will have to judge ‘do I build the team around him?’ given his ability he’s got and the attributes he has, or if Paul wants to leave.
“I would keep him here because Man United, they need stars and need players that can turn games.”
Manchester United are facing a tough battle to secure a return to the Champions League this season.
The Red Devils are in sixth place in the table and two points behind Arsenal.
Solskjaer’s side will make the trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Sunday.