Is Paul Pogba Worth the Hassle?

Paul Pogba is an undeniable talent, who on his day is one of the finest midfielders in the world. When he joined Manchester United for a record fee in August of 2016, United fans including myself were jubilant. Pogba had been tearing up Serie A for four years, winning eight pieces of silverware during his time at Juventus. Most fans felt he would hit the ground running in the Premier League, and in many ways he did.

While 16/17 wasn’t his biggest goal / assist haul since rejoining the club (last season was his most prolific with 16 goals and 11 assists across all competitions), it was his most successful. With Mourinho running the show, and with Zlatan pushing his teammates to their maximum potential, United won the League Cup and Europa League that season.

However, the following seasons at Manchester United have been defined by peaks and valleys. Often, he’s been the best player on the pitch and some standout performances include the Man City 2-3 comeback where he scored two goals in 90 seconds, to his FA Cup semi-final against Spurs where absolutely bossed small-club Tottenham at the Wembley.

However, he’s also been wildly inconsistent at United, going from world-class to anonymous from literally one half of football to the next. Many would attribute this to the lack of talent surrounding the Frenchman during his tenure at United; however, the true mark of a world-class player is to consistently perform at the highest level week-in, week-out.

At the same time, via his “shitbag” agent, he’s been angling for a move to Real Madrid or Juventus basically since the day he rejoined the club. Most of this has been via his agent and two brothers, but Pogba went as far as overtly saying he’s “looking for a new opportunity” at the end of last summer.

Many felt that Sir Alex had made a big mistake by snubbing the young Frenchman and allowing him to leave for Juventus on a free transfer back in 2012. Sir Alex famously said that Pogba’s head was turned by his agent and his family, both of which seem to be the case to this day.

Fast forward to this season. After opening the season with an absolute dismantling of Chelsea 4-0 at home, with Pogba pulling the strings, the rest of the season has been a dud. This year has been defined by injury, with Pogba only making 8 appearances, and spending months out with a phantom injury and a return date that seemed to continue to push out.

By the January transfer window most felt Pogba would leave as soon as United found a suitor willing to pay their asking price, and both parties would go their separate ways. However, the Coronavirus has thrown a wrench into that plan, with Real and Juventus both less likely to splash the cash on the 27 year old midfielder, and unwilling to pay his astronomical wages.

Which brings us to today. Talks of a new contract for Pogba at United are rampant in the news. Especially with the recent Pogbaproganda coming out of the Club, making it more and more likely he’s about to sign a new deal. United are playing some of the finest football since Fergie retired, the team has been lifted by the signings of Fernandes and Igahlo, and once again the belief and fear factor is beginning to return to Manchester United. So should United sign Pogba to a new bumper deal and contract extension? Here’s what our fans think:

While there are many, including myself, that feel like it’s time for Paul Pogba to move-on, it’s pretty clear that most United fans would like him to stay at the club long-term. The prospect of him playing on the same pitch as Rashford, Fernandes and potentially Jadon Sancho, Ole’s number one target for the summer, is exciting for fans and terryifying for opponents.

If Paul Pogba decides to stay at the club and extend his contract long-term, the noblest thing he could do is sack his agent, shitbag Raiola. While this is unlikely to happen, there could be no greater statement that he’s committed long-term to the club, which is really what every United fan wants in the first place.

We’ll see how this plays out in the coming months but as usual with Manchester United, it’s not likely to be boring whatever happens.

Stay safe everyone!

– Alex from the American Red Devils

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My name is Alex and I am a co-host of the American Red Devils podcast, and discovered the greatest football club in the world freshman year in highschool, after playing FIFA '99 on Nintendo 64. Originally it was the red hair of Paul Scholes that caught my attention, given the four Gingers in my family, but I never knew a redhead could ball like Scholesy. However, what really sucked me in was the arrival of Wayne Rooney at the club, to this day my all-time favorite player. I was lucky enough to witness my first game at Old Trafford in '07 while studying abroad, witnessing the 4-0 thrashing of Wigan. I rented a car and drove down for the day from Edinburgh to Manchester and back (NYC to Boston twice), driving on the wrong side of the car and the road! Lucky enough to be in Sunderland to see Zlatan's last United goal and in London to see Matic's stoppage time screamer at Selhurst. Honored and privileged to be a Manchester United fan.

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