Solskjaer Regrets Not Selling Flop Star In Summer Transfer Window?

Solskjaer Regrets Not Selling Flop Star In Summer Transfer Window?

Paul Pogba has been the topic of numerous discussions recently, and only last month had his contract extended by the club.

The midfielder’s performance was summed up as he tripped Hector Bellerin inside the box to give away a penalty with 20 minutes to play which Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang slotted home as United were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Earlier this year he had been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford, and there were rumours going into the summer transfer window that he could be sold.

The arrival of Van de Beek in the same position as him threw his future further into doubt.

And Andy Gray believes it’s clear that Pogba doesn’t want to stay at the club, and claimed his performances are struggling as a result.

Speaking to beIN Sports, the pundit admitted he would have tried to sell him during the summer, and explained he doesn’t turn up enough when it matters.

“The only reason there can be is that he doesn’t want to be there,” Gray said.

“I seriously would have thought of moving him on in the summer.

“I know that might horrify Man United fans, but I really would have thought of it.

“If they’re going to build this team, if Solskjaer is given time… and that’s a big if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to be given time to build it, [Pogba is] a big personality.

“He’s a huge personality, can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer control him?

“If you paid the best part of £100million to get him in, you’re paying him £1million a month to keep him there, you can’t have a player who only turns up once every four or five games.

“Paul Pogba needs to play three or four out of every five games at his best level in order to justify that.

“The best players do. The best players play [well] in three out of four or five games. They might have had an odd game where it might not happen, but that’s an athlete for you.

“Pogba doesn’t do enough for me. He just doesn’t do it enough for what they paid out for him.

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“They wanted him to be the main man, the modern-day Roy Keane, talismanic, pick them out of a hole when they’re in trouble.”

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