RVP recommends bizarre way to rebuild Pogba, Man Utd trust

Date published: Wednesday 26th February 2020 9:07

Robin van Persie has recommended Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer clarify their Manchester United plans in a joint interview.

Pogba has been consistently linked with a move away from Old Trafford, with agent Mino Raiola encouraging speculation with his public comments.

Pogba’s injury problems have not helped the uncertainty over his future, with the France star making just eight appearances this season.

Former United star Van Persie believes the 26-year-old has received unjust criticism at times, but wants him to go public to make it clear whether he is happy to stay or move elsewhere.

“It’s very difficult. With Pogba, it’s an interesting situation,” Van Persie told Stats Perform.

“Pogba, in my opinion, is a world-class player, he has proven it over the years. He has it all.

“But first, I think with him, and that’s after a couple of years now, I think he should come out and he should say what his favourite position is. If that’s done, then people can judge him based on this position. Now, I don’t think people really know if he’s a six, if he’s a number 10… that’s a big difference.

“I have the feeling people judge him a bit unfairly. They expect 20 goals, they expect 20 assists, they expect Pogba to make Manchester United champions. But, is he a six? If he’s a six, then you cannot expect 20 goals. If he’s a 10, maybe 12 to 15 goals. So, it’s not really fair on him because it’s not really clear.

“Then, you have the second subject: is he happy there? There’s constantly rumours, you have the agent constantly giving interviews, you have the coach answering questions almost every day, every week. There’s a lot going on beside the main event, and the most important thing is football.

“I know how it works, especially if you’re injured. People can’t judge you on your game, so they start to talk about other things.

“I think for Pogba, and Manchester, it would be best to… I don’t know, do an interview together or something, together with the coach, and just say, ‘Listen: this is what I want, this is where I would like to play – judge me on that. I’m happy, or I’m not happy, or whatever’. Now, it’s a lot of questions going around.”

United face Club Brugge in the Europa League last-32 second leg at Old Trafford on Thursday, having drawn 1-1 in the first leg.

 

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