Expensive Man Utd flop told even Luton would ‘run a mile’ if given chance to sign him this summer

Ciaran McCarthy
Paul Pogba, Jadon Sancho, Manchester United, February 2022

talkSPORT presenter Alex Crook feels Premier League new boys Luton Town would “run a mile” if given the chance to sign Paul Pogba, as he hasn’t “got the mentality”.

Pogba is an inherently frustrating footballer. Indeed, the midfielder, on his day, is one of the most prodigiously talented footballers on the planet.

The disappointing thing is that over the last few years, his day has never really come. His return to Manchester United was billed as if the prodigal son was returning home.

For a few seasons, he showed why he was such a highly-rated asset. The third season upon his return saw the Frenchman notch 13 Premier League goals alongside nine assists.

Injuries and poor form hindered things for him beyond that point, and the true Pogba never returned. Last season, he went back to his previous employers Juventus, but injuries again hampered his progress, and he played just 161 minutes.

talkSPORT cites reports in Italy that suggest the Old Lady are willing to see the back of him for just £8million. Presenters Gabby Agbonlahor and Crooks also have contrasting views on his future.

The former feels that Aston Villa would take Pogba on board.

“If he got back to the fitness that we know he can get to. I think he could break into Aston Villa’s side,” he said.

“He’s still got that flair, that eye for a pass, eye for a goal. I rate Paul Pogba, I rate him, I think he was a target for some Man United fans.”

When challenged by Crook, Agbonlahor raised whether or not his fellow presenter felt the Frenchman would get into a newly-promoted side.

“Do you not think he gets into Luton, Sheffield United? Listen, Pogba on his day, scores goals, he can run with the ball, got great passing, he can do everything as a player,” Agbonlahor added.

“On his day, if he’s fit and he’s hungry, come on, he can do a job in the Premier League.”

To that came perhaps the best retort anybody could have imagined, with Crook suggesting Pogba isn’t at that level anymore, and Luton would turn down the chance to sign him.

“But those days are few and far between, he has all the attributes to be a world-class player but has he got the mentality? Not for me,” Crook said.

“Rob Edwards, he’s trying to build something at Luton and I think he’d run a mile if he got offered the chance to sign Paul Pogba.”

Please, Juventus, offer Pogba to Luton so we can get an answer, please.

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