Man Utd should ‘try and keep’ Pogba on one condition, claims Scholes

Date published: Monday 11th October 2021 11:16 - Lewis Oldham

Paul Scholes on Man Utd star Paul Pogba

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes has claimed that his former club have “got to try and keep” Paul Pogba as long as he “plays to his ability” regularly.

Pogba returned to the Red Devils in 2016. They paid a then world-record fee of around £89m to bring him back to the club from Juventus.

The midfielder’s form has been up and down for Man Utd over the past five years.


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Pogba has started this season strongly as he has registered seven assists from his seven Premier League outings.

Since his move to Man Utd, the 28-year-old’s form for France has been better than it has been for his club on the whole. Pogba‘s current contract at United expires next year.

Scholes has told the Webby & O’Neil Show that Pogba should be kept if he can replicate his France performances for Man United consistently:

“Everybody is a little bit unsure because he doesn’t do it week in and week out.

“I think there is a big debate. You’d probably say half of people want him, the other half wouldn’t be that bothered if he went.

“I think the middle of the pitch is a little bit of a problem for us. If he is on song and plays to his ability like he does for France every time he seems to play for them then you’ve got to try and keep him.”

Last week, Scholes took him to praise Man Utd midfielder Scott McTominay:

“You mention McTominay, I think he’s the best one for that role out of the four of them, I’d definitely go for him.

“I think he’s got everything, he’s athletic, he can get around the pitch, he’s got great ability as well. He’s capable of sitting in that position.

“Ole doesn’t seem to be able to get the balance right in that team. Is he going to play that one with the rest around him, and have Pogba next to him who he probably doesn’t trust defensively? Or is he going to play two holding midfield players.

He added: “I think if Ole can get that right with that balance in the team… going forward I don’t think is a problem. Going forward we’ve got so many exciting players with Cristiano coming.

“Defensively we look good again. I know Maguire is out injured but once he’s back which will be hopefully after the international break. Defensively we look great, everything’s there.

“It just seems to be getting that one person in the middle of the pitch right, that balance of the team. But once he gets that, I think we’ll be alright.”

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