Paul Ince: Paul Pogba’s ‘heart isn’t fully in it’ at Man United
Man United legend Paul Ince claims Paul Pogba's heart is no longer in it at Manchester United
Paul Ince believes Paul Pogba isn’t 100 per cent committed to Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named the World Cup winner in his Manchester United starting line-up for the visit of Chelsea FC in their Premier League opener last weekend.
The Manchester United manager appeared to make the right call after Pogba played a hand in two of their goals in a resounding 4-0 victory over Chelsea FC.
Although Pogba’s creative abilities were on display, the France international was dispossessed five times in an otherwise decent performance.
The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid or a return to Serie A champions Juventus throughout the summer but a move has failed to materialise so far.
While the Premier League’s transfer window has shut, Italian and Spanish clubs are still able to sign new players for a little bit longer.
Former Manchester United midfielder Ince highlighted why Pogba isn’t committed to the Red Devils any more.
“It’s clear that his heart isn’t fully in it at Man United and you can see that from how he played against Chelsea,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“Sometimes his concentration levels weren’t as they should have been – maybe he still has it in his mind that he’s going to get away before the European window shuts in a couple of weeks. He’s saying all the right things off the pitch, but I wonder if that’s because he has one eye on the exit door.
“No one is going to be totally happy and confident he’s staying until the window shuts in Spain, Italy etcetera.
“You’ve got a big decision after that – if he doesn’t go to Real Madrid, how’s he going to react with his performances at United, at least up until January? With him, the toys are often thrown out of the pram, but if he’s staying he needs to knuckle down for the club.
“It would be tough for United if he does go, though, and they are unable to replace him. Because from what I can see they don’t have someone already that can do what he does. His attitude was better on Sunday, but he has to continue that now, especially if he doesn’t get his transfer.”
Manchester United signed Pogba in an £89m deal from Serie A giants Juventus in the 2016 summer transfer window.
The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League title since 2013 when Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.
Manchester United signed Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window.