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Said and will keep saying it: PSG cannot afford Pogba. Doesn't matter who their owner is, they still have to balance the books. People look at the transfer fee but forget the salary and the Raiola commission.


They gotta find 180 million somewhere as well. Even the sponsors can't cover the losses as of this moment.
 

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This was his stats from Mourinho last season



And he was great last year and year before that. It's amazing how parameters change when it's Pogba. It's like people just refuse to remember when he was good and then use one misplace pass to define his season. He bossed it at Euros but the most post was about an incident which he wasn't even entirely at fault for.

I get it most don't want him here but that doesn't change the fact the he has been good for us.
So he had a good season? But look what happened afterwards. His form has been very patchy and him and his agent have been openly flirting with the exit door ever since. I tell you now, if we'd had the 2018/2019 Pogba in the subsequent seasons, without the Riaola nonsense, do you really think so many would still want him out? Of course not.

Such bullsh*t to say it's anything other than what he does on the pitch, so many people want it to be about other things to give them something to shriek about. If he was still smashing it on the pitch and showing commitment, people wouldn't even be bothered by his agent and even less bothered if he wanted to change clubs. Ronaldo had his best season with us before he got his 'dream'. Relationship ended well. He'd earned our love.
 

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I agree with those saying that Pogba has been analysed unfairly.

Over the 5 years since he re-joined, has anyone contributed more overall to the team in that period ? Might be forgetting someone but I can’t think of anyone.

I would’ve said De Gea but his standard has dropped significantly on the latter half of that period.
 

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When Pogba's goals and assists from a 10 match up to Bruno, you can come back to me. For example Bruno walked in from the Portugese league, played half a season and got a better goal tally than Pogba has in any given season. Of course this is not about goals solely but you're the one that is seemingly claiming Pogba's scoring to be comparable to that of Bruno's, which is hilarious. Pogba has only hit double digits once in his career, in fact. I don't expect him to be a chronic goal scorer, but youre the one weirdly bringing goals into it.

Pogba can't consistently perform over the course of a season - this was an issue with Juventus too. If you can't face the facts that's fine, but don't just suggest bias because you're upset.
Mate I'm not even comparing the two, this was never about bruno vs pogba, but the fact that some of you go as far as to refuse to accept he's ever been good for us . I'm just pointing out that his first season under Ole was just as good as Bruno's. Up until PSG anyways, on which the entire team started to slump. Bruno's form also faltered near the end of the season but he gets a pass because he wears his heart on his sleeve.

I just think that when it comes to Pogba, there's a different set of expectations to judge him from.
 

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I agree with those saying that Pogba has been analysed unfairly.

Over the 5 years since he re-joined, has anyone contributed more overall to the team in that period ? Might be forgetting someone but I can’t think of anyone.

I would’ve said De Gea but his standard has dropped significantly on the latter half of that period.
He get's analysed differently only because of his fee. Maguire the same. Difference being is that one of them has actually started to prove their worth, one hasn't.

With regard to contribution over 5 years, it's hard to say but in that time we've signed Bruno and Maguire. During their stay here I'd say they've contributed more. I'd also say Rashford has contributed more despite his poor form. I'd argue even Fred has contributed more in some respects.
 

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So he had a good season? But look what happened afterwards. His form has been very patchy and him and his agent have been openly flirting with the exit door ever since. I tell you now, if we'd had the 2018/2019 Pogba in the subsequent seasons, without the Riaola nonsense, do you really think so many would still want him out? Of course not.

Such bullsh*t to say it's anything other than what he does on the pitch, so many people want it to be about other things to give them something to shriek about. If he was still smashing it on the pitch and showing commitment, people wouldn't even be bothered by his agent and even less bothered if he wanted to change clubs. Ronaldo had his best season with us before he got his 'dream'. Relationship ended well. He'd earned our love.
What happened after that? He was great last season and season before that. Had two major injuries in both of that season. Last year most of us agreed that our title challenge was over when he got injured. Not sure what consistent performance you want when you are out for 3-4 months in a season. This is one of the reason why I am bit wary of giving him a long contract.

Also I didn't suggest all of the people hate him for things other than football. But there is a significant amount of people on this forum who would use everything apart from football to go after him. I pointed that out to one person who was calling him selfish and arrogant person, who creates problems in dressing room, and I was told not to reply to him because apparently he is an "old poster" which makes some sort of authority on this forum.

Pogba hasn't been world class but he has been far from what most here describe him as. Infact he has been one of the best player in a poor United team. In my opinion the criticism is okay but atleast it should be fair. In Pogba's case it hasn't been.

I don't think we should give him a bumper contract but I can also say he is one of the most important player in the team and replacing him will not be easy
 

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This was his stats from Mourinho last season



And he was great last year and year before that. It's amazing how parameters change when it's Pogba. It's like people just refuse to remember when he was good and then use one misplace pass to define his season. He bossed it at Euros but the most post was about an incident which he wasn't even entirely at fault for.

I get it most don't want him here but that doesn't change the fact the he has been good for us.
As I said, Pogba came good in roughly Dec - Feb of this particular season and something like 75-80% of his big stats are attributed to this. And don't get me wrong he was a BEAST for this time - but, it was for 2-3 months out of 9, which is the point I am making. He was torrid under Mourinho before and then torrid toward the end of Solksjaer's caretaker reign for that season and he has never shown sustained consistency for us. There's so many games you can point to that will balance out the great games. For example for the Fulham fantastic performance, there's the 4-0 Everton loss where he had hands on hips most the game. Or for the great match he had vs Bournemouth, there's the loss to Huddersfield at season's end.

He was an absolute machine for 3 seasons out of the 9. But that doesn't make him consistent, which is my point. The really top players are consistent more than he has been.

You’re wasting you’re time here mate. The reason people don’t like Pogba is nothing to do with what he does on the pitch. It never has been. People see what they want to see, Pogba’s many good games will be ignored but as soon as he has a bad game they’ll point to that for confirmation bias.
Confirmation bias is pointing to a good 3 months of an isolated season so as to extrapolate and imply that he was consistent over the course of it - which he was not. My point is that he fails to demonstrate consistency, despite showing a couple months of brilliance in a United shirt in any given season.

And please refrain from assuming why I don't rate Pogba as highly. And don't speak for me either, I never said I dislike him.
 
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Whatever your personal view of Pogba is I think the fact is he's never going to be suited to the make-up of this team, he either has to play on the left of the attack or in the same role as Bruno in a 3 man midfield, neither of which are viable long term options. If we can get €70M for him this summer it makes sense to sell and invest in a couple of midfielders.
 

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Mate I'm not even comparing the two, this was never about bruno vs pogba, but the fact that some of you go as far as to refuse to accept he's ever been good for us . I'm just pointing out that his first season under Ole was just as good as Bruno's. Up until PSG anyways, on which the entire team started to slump. Bruno's form also faltered near the end of the season but he gets a pass because he wears his heart on his sleeve.

I just think that when it comes to Pogba, there's a different set of expectations to judge him from.
You compared the goals of each, yourself.

The point I was making is Bruno came in and was the bee's knees in a midfield that he didn't know and he elevated the level of the team on his own, and consistently for that season. Whereas Pogba has had a narrative that has protected him, i.e. "he needs a more attacking manager, he cant play with lesser players, he cant play deep, he's better with a play maker, etc". There's everything in the book about him to put into context why he's not hit the mark for us and very little of the time do people say "maybe he's just a form player". Because that's what he is, and that's why he's good for a couple months at a time, rather than over a whole season.
 

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You compared the goals of each, yourself.

All I said is Bruno came in and was the bee's knees in a midfield that he didn't know and he elevated the level of the team single handily and consistently for that season. Whereas Pogba has had a narrative that has protected him, i.e. "he needs a more attacking manager, he cant play with lesser players, he cant play deep, he's better with a play maker, etc". There's everything in the book about him to put into context why he's not hit the mark for us and very little of the time do people say "maybe he's just a form player". Because that's what he is, and that's why he's good for a couple months at a time, rather than over a whole season.
I compared the season. He also had 9 assists to Bruno's 13. At least we're getting somewhere though.... you're annoyed because Pogba has all these excuses and narratives, so its kinda like he has to do more to prove himself.
 

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What happened after that? He was great last season and season before that. Had two major injuries in both of that season. Last year most of us agreed that our title challenge was over when he got injured. Not sure what consistent performance you want when you are out for 3-4 months in a season. This is one of the reason why I am bit wary of giving him a long contract.
His spat with Jose happened after that and Pogba hasn't been the same since. Granted, Bruno arrived and made that advanced spot his own but that doesn't quantify for the constant flirting with leaving. Even fluttered his eyelashes at Man City ffs. And although he did ok last season, the best since 2018/19, I wouldn't call it great. Certainly not £90m great.

All said and done, I am actually quite ambivalent to him staying or leaving. I wouldn't be heartbroken if he stayed actually but certainly not on a massively increased wage, that would send out awful signals. I genuinely don't think he's earned it.

Also I didn't suggest all of the people hate him for things other than football. But there is a significant amount of people on this forum who would use everything apart from football to go after him. I pointed that out to one person who was calling him selfish and arrogant person, who creates problems in dressing room, and I was told not to reply to him because apparently he is an "old poster" which makes some sort of authority on this forum.
I didn't aim that bit at you specifically. Personailty wise, Pogba seems a decent bloke to me, but I wouldn't say he's shown us too much respect and I wouldn't say he's been worth that huge fee. Not criticising his agent when he was spouting his mouth off was a very bad move. Pogba could have spoken out about that but he didn't, that wasn't good PR on Pogbas behalf.

I'm not saying there aren't people who judge footballers on their appearance, or skin colour but not all of us that dislike Pogba do so because of his image. FFS, look at Beckham, he used to have tattoos, some bad haircuts (corn rows say hi) and wear a skirt for christs sake and we still loved him.
 

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Whatever your personal view of Pogba is I think the fact is he's never going to be suited to the make-up of this team, he either has to play on the left of the attack or in the same role as Bruno in a 3 man midfield, neither of which are viable long term options. If we can get €70M for him this summer it makes sense to sell and invest in a couple of midfielders.
Agreed. He's not good enough offensively to dislodge Bruno and he's certainly not good enough defensively to be a player in the other 2 slots. We will miss his creativity and vision. Pogba at United feels like the right player at the wrong time, we didn't have the midfield quality (still dont) to cover for his defensive frailty. A real pity, I love Pogba personally and wish him well if he does want to leave, he endured probably the roughest period as a United player in recent times under Jose. He'll love playing in Ligue 1, he'll boss that league.
 

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Like someone previously mentioned this does feel a little like the Coutinho situation with the scousers where selling their top asset has actually benefitted them as a team, however also share those concerns that we won't sign a CDM & CM that would be required if he got sold this summer.
 

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Agreed. He's not good enough offensively to dislodge Bruno and he's certainly not good enough defensively to be a player in the other 2 slots. We will miss his creativity and vision. Pogba at United feels like the right player at the wrong time, we didn't have the midfield quality (still dont) to cover for his defensive frailty. A real pity, I love Pogba personally and wish him well if he does want to leave, he endured probably the roughest period as a United player in recent times under Jose. He'll love playing in Ligue 1, he'll boss that league.
Yeah, when we bought Bruno I think Pogba was expected to leave that summer but the pandemic changed everything. Logically we should have built towards the Juve midfield 3 blueprint but that never happened, instead Jose wanted to use him in a deeper role and then Ole has been in the situation of trying to fit him and Bruno in which is never ideal. It's a shame because he's so talented, but at this point it makes sense to sell and reshape the midfield.
 

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So he had a good season? But look what happened afterwards. His form has been very patchy and him and his agent have been openly flirting with the exit door ever since. I tell you now, if we'd had the 2018/2019 Pogba in the subsequent seasons, without the Riaola nonsense, do you really think so many would still want him out? Of course not.

Such bullsh*t to say it's anything other than what he does on the pitch, so many people want it to be about other things to give them something to shriek about. If he was still smashing it on the pitch and showing commitment, people wouldn't even be bothered by his agent and even less bothered if he wanted to change clubs. Ronaldo had his best season with us before he got his 'dream'. Relationship ended well. He'd earned our love.
Personally thought he was really good this season after he recovered from injuries etc. Scored some brilliant goals to win us points and generally performed at a good level. Seems like I was watching a different team to many of the posters in this thread though.
 

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I compared the season. He also had 9 assists to Bruno's 13. At least we're getting somewhere though.... you're annoyed because Pogba has all these excuses and narratives, so its kinda like he has to do more to prove himself.
I'm not annoyed at anyone. I just find it hilarious that you find the two comparable in output.

And no, you didn't. You quoted me and said when Bruno scores a dozen goals were happy but when Pogba scored a dozen goals and no one says anything.

You brought goals alone into it, not me.
 

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Personally thought he was really good this season after he recovered from injuries etc. Scored some brilliant goals to win us points and generally performed at a good level. Seems like I was watching a different team to many of the posters in this thread though.
Yeah he had some good games as I said in a later post, definitely the best we've seen of him since 2018/19. I just wouldn't call it a great season and I don't think he's as indispensable to our future success as some make out.
 

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Its quite interesting that all we can bring up is his one purple patch for us in 5 years.

That was down to various things, we had a fully motivated Pogba for 3 months if that. The main reason was to show people he wasn't a virus or to get back at Jose.

He hasn't shown that kind of form ever since.
 

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Its quite interesting that all we can bring up is his one purple patch for us in 5 years.

That was down to various things, we had a fully motivated Pogba for 3 months if that. The main reason was to show people he wasn't a virus or to get back at Jose.

He hasn't shown that kind of form ever since.
These kind of posts aren’t actually based in any kind of reality.

I’ve no idea how some of you delude yourselves into thinking that Pogba hasn’t been mostly good to excellent for us since the minute he rejoined. It’s so bizarre.
 

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These kind of posts aren’t actually based in any kind of reality.

I’ve no idea how some of you delude yourselves into thinking that Pogba hasn’t been mostly good to excellent for us since the minute he rejoined. It’s so bizarre.
No way on earth has he been excellent for us. Good in parts yes.
 

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These kind of posts aren’t actually based in any kind of reality.

I’ve no idea how some of you delude yourselves into thinking that Pogba hasn’t been mostly good to excellent for us since the minute he rejoined. It’s so bizarre.
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Because he hasn't. I'd say he was good in the first half of season 1, and tailed down with the exception of a superb EL final showing.
Then he was terrible in the first half of season 2, a fantastic xmas + new year, and then terrible again.
Then he was injured, granted, for most of the season. And when he came back the season after he had covid so that puts things into context again.


Him not being consistent for us is down to a mixture of his own doing and circumstances beyond his control. It is not solely his fault. But, he has by no means been "good to excellent" since he joined. That is laughable.
 

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These kind of posts aren’t actually based in any kind of reality.

I’ve no idea how some of you delude yourselves into thinking that Pogba hasn’t been mostly good to excellent for us since the minute he rejoined. It’s so bizarre.
People want Messi and Ronaldo numbers, week in - week out. It's the same with all the fans. The scouse bashed Salah and Mane the entirety of last season, but if we remove those two from their team they finish 10th. It's the same with us, but people will only realize it after he's gone, as we did with the other great players we failed to replace along the years.

He has his faults, but and this is the big but, he'd be great in a well balanced team. He's not the type of player who shines on his own as he's not a 10, a winger or a striker.
 

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You hit the nail on the head. With Pogba, every mistake is a flaw. You'd think Toni Kroos is a defensive genius compared to Pogba for example (and Pogba is far more creative), with the way people go about Pogba here. For me Pogba is a more consistent player than Bruno, but you'll never see some of the discussion we constantly get about Pogba for Bruno. Nor do I think we should, cause I think it is wrong. All midfielders, especially creative ones that take risks give the ball away but you would think Pogba does it far more than most.
I stand by what I said. I have never seen a midfielder as micro-analysed as he is.
I have no doubt in my mind if he was white, short hair, no tattoos, no jewelry, Pogba won't be as divisive a topic. People can deny it all they want. You had a poster earlier saying they don't like him personally...I mean come on. Pogba is one of our most consistent players.
Lost count of how many times the bolded part needs to be stated.

You’d think posters had all access passes to the training ground & knew the man in actuality with some of the over informed nonsense spouted on here.
This was his stats from Mourinho last season



And he was great last year and year before that. It's amazing how parameters change when it's Pogba. It's like people just refuse to remember when he was good and then use one misplace pass to define his season. He bossed it at Euros but the most post was about an incident which he wasn't even entirely at fault for.

I get it most don't want him here but that doesn't change the fact the he has been good for us.
Good to see posts like this in here.

You’d think Pogba played for Liverpool the way some froth at the mouth when it comes to him.
 

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Those games and the EL final and most of the semi finals we were knocked out in.

Pogba is a player who shines when the team is playing well. But he isn't talismanic and he is a liability anywhere near his own goal.
He won PotT the last time we won something.

We’ve got centre backs who are liabilities near our own goal btw. . .
 

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These kind of posts aren’t actually based in any kind of reality.

I’ve no idea how some of you delude yourselves into thinking that Pogba hasn’t been mostly good to excellent for us since the minute he rejoined. It’s so bizarre.
I don't know what kind of expectations you have but I really want Manutd to fight for titles. Not battle for Europa league and top 4.

Since Pogba has come, I cannot recall any time where he has really taken the PL by storm which was what we signed him for.

Instead, all I keep seeing is excuses, the team around him is crap, no DM, he needs a Kante, not his best position.
 

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Because he hasn't. I'd say he was good in the first half of season 1, and tailed down with the exception of a superb EL final showing.
Then he was terrible in the first half of season 2, a fantastic xmas + new year, and then terrible again.
Then he was injured, granted, for most of the season. And when he came back the season after he had covid so that puts things into context again.


Him not being consistent for us is down to a mixture of his own doing and circumstances beyond his control. It is not solely his fault. But, he has by no means been "good to excellent" since he joined. That is laughable.
Very few if any players have been consistent for United over the past five years. Even Bruno who has been great at times has also been patchy. But it seems Pogba gets far less leeway with regard to inconsistency than any other player in the team. To me it seems obvious that, over the last five years, the environment has not been conducive in allowing our players to perform at their highest level consistently.
 

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Very few if any players have been consistent for United over the past five years. Even Bruno who has been great at times has also been patchy. But it seems Pogba gets far less leeway with regard to inconsistency than any other player in the team. To me it seems obvious that, over the last five years, the environment has not been conducive in allowing our players to perform at their highest level consistently.
Just picking into this further - Pogba joined on a different premise for 90m as a perceived "best midfielder in the world" calibure or at least world class so fair to say top 5 in his position. So the scrutiny is rightly far higher with him. Moreover he has had turbulent moments with the club that is solely down to him, whether you take him disrupting the team dressing room in Mourinho's second season (look at our opening match v Leicester where he decided to make a controversial interview comment, or the time he went out of his way to tell the press he's not allowed to speak to anyone"), or his spokesperson in Raiola constantly running down the club.

Also when he's had a poor run it shows more, because unlike Bruno he fails to put a tangible stamp on poor games. Bruno will play poor but get a fantastic goal or play an unbelievable pass to shadow it over so it's more palatable. Bruno also joined on half the fee, gives half the contraversey and is on less than half wages - so his scrutiny is of course less.

I'd also argue Pogba's closest comparable marquee transfer in Maguire has shown more stability and consistency in his relative position over his opening 2 seasons than Paul Pogba did in his opening 2 seasons. So I'd argue that it is possible to show prolonged consistency or more "superb" moments for a new transfer, whether you're Bruno or Maguire.
 

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Him, his agent and his family have for years be telling anyone who will listen that he wants to leave and play for Real. They haven't seem interested.
Exactly! Juve will take him back, but only if they get him for free or they get to dump one of their trash on us in exchange. PSG might be our only hope of selling him this summer or he walks free next year....or even worse, he signs a new contract with even higher wages here. Then we will be in the same situation as we are with De Gea and Jones.
 

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Just picking into this further - Pogba joined on a different premise for 90m as a perceived "best midfielder in the world" calibure or at least world class so fair to say top 5 in his position. So the scrutiny is rightly far higher with him. Moreover he has had turbulent moments with the club that is solely down to him, whether you take him disrupting the team dressing room in Mourinho's second season (look at our opening match v Leicester where he decided to make a controversial interview comment, or the time he went out of his way to tell the press he's not allowed to speak to anyone"), or his spokesperson in Raiola constantly running down the club.


Also when he's had a poor run it shows more, because unlike Bruno he fails to put a tangible stamp on poor games. Bruno will play poor but get a fantastic goal or play an unbelievable pass to shadow it over so it's more palatable. Bruno also joined on half the fee, gives half the contraversey and is on less than half wages - so his scrutiny is of course less.

I'd also argue Pogba's closest comparable marquee transfer in Maguire has shown more stability and consistency in his relative position over his opening 2 seasons than Paul Pogba did in his opening 2 seasons.
To be honest I do not account for transfer fees or hype when analysing the performance of a player as that doesn’t make practical sense to me. The Maguire point is a good one I’ll give you that.

I would also argue that just as you describe Bruno, Pogba is also a player that will deliver one or two great moments In a game, even when playing poorly. He’s actually been criticised on this very forum as such.

I won’t get into the stuff with Mourinho as I doubt we will agree on where the blame lies in that situation. A lot of the controversy with Pogba it’s blown out of proportion by the media. If you didn’t read headlines or tweets you wouldn’t know that half of it existed.
 

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To be honest I do not account for transfer fees or hype when analysing the performance of a player as that doesn’t make practical sense to me. The Maguire point is a good one I’ll give you that.

I would also argue that just as you describe Bruno, Pogba is also a player that will deliver one or two great moments In a game, even when playing poorly. He’s actually been criticised on this very forum as such.

I won’t get into the stuff with Mourinho as I doubt we will agree on where the blame lies in that situation. A lot of the controversy with Pogba it’s blown out of proportion by the media. If you didn’t read headlines or tweets you wouldn’t know that half of it existed.
It is not just transfer fees though - it's also the wages. If Pogba is demanding high wages, which he was and will continue to do so, he must prove his worth in that regard.

Also to be clear relative to Bruno I feel Pogba has had more matches that have been void of creativity and great moments whilst also being a huge hinderance to the team because he plays deeper which means the cost to the team is higher if he's a passenger than say, Bruno.

Now one could then say "why don't we put Pogba in the 10 in that case", and the answer is obviously, that we can't because Bruno is a better 10. Anyone suggesting otherwise needs to give their heads a wobble.

Then the follow-up might be "OK why don't we play him in central mid but give him the players he needs to perform" and the counter is "if a player is so good why do we need to make the conditions perfect for him, else he fails to hit a suitable level?" Maybe he's not actually a great player but is more of a great talent who is more a "form" player with bursts of 1-2 months of form at a time.
 

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Because he hasn't. I'd say he was good in the first half of season 1, and tailed down with the exception of a superb EL final showing.
Then he was terrible in the first half of season 2, a fantastic xmas + new year, and then terrible again.
Then he was injured, granted, for most of the season. And when he came back the season after he had covid so that puts things into context again.


Him not being consistent for us is down to a mixture of his own doing and circumstances beyond his control. It is not solely his fault. But, he has by no means been "good to excellent" since he joined. That is laughable.
He’s been consistently good more often than not under Ole when fit. I don’t really see how that can be argued and we’re undoubtedly a better squad with him in it than if we sold him and replaced him with some of the suggestions on this place. The gaggle of excitement that some have on here every time there’s a hint from some dubious source that we’re selling one of our best players for less than we’re rumoured to pay on varane is frankly bizarre. Sancho, Varane and a DM with Pogba staying is an incredibly strong squad that can legitimately challenge next year. Pogba leaving to fund it is just 2 steps forward and one back for me unless you bring in a top replacement.
 

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If Pogba is so great teams would be bidding every summer for him. They arent and that says a lot.
This is weird logic people apply to fit a particular narrative. Logic that has no basis in reality. How many people have bid for Lewandowski, Neur, Van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo and so many other top players that are settled at an already top team with a long term contract recently? Does that say a lot about their quality ? Teams don't make bids on certain players because they know that the price is going to way too much and/or the team is just not going to sell, not because there is doubt about their quality.
 

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I like how he made out 8.30am was really early to start work/working out on his insta story. Footballers.