Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger says their style of play is the reason behind Paul Pogba’s unrest and says he should be allowed to leave.
The 26-year-old Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with Real Madrid and Juventus reportedly interested. Schweinsteiger believes the club shouldn’t stand in his way.
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- Pogba rejoined United for a record £89 million, having left the club on a free four years earlier.
- He won the Europa League and EFL Cup in his first season.
- Pogba’s relationship with former boss Jose Mourinho put his future at the club in doubt.
- Despite a resurgence under Solskjaer, the midfielder is reportedly keen on a move.
- Pogba led the Utd standings for goals and assists last season.
Talking to BBC Sport, Schweinsteiger said: “If a player wants to leave the club, you shouldn’t stop him.
“You need players who are 100% into the club and care about the club, that’s the only way you can survive at the top level and have success.
“Paul is a great player, he is just looking for a team where he can play the same style that he does with the France national team, so if you give him that kind of team around him, he would be happy at United.”
Schweinsteiger played at Old Trafford for two years, making 18 appearances for the Red Devils.
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Paul Pogba is a player of undoubted talent, but it has proven to be difficult in getting the best out of him at times.
Didier Deschamps seems to have managed it with France: Pogba is a massive part of their stellar side, scoring in the 2018 World Cup final as they romped to a second title in Russia. However, since joining United, he has split opinion.
Nobody (often including Pogba) seems to know where he is best suited: holding, central or behind the striker. Last season, he hit double figures for goals and assists for United in a campaign still rife with criticism. However, the numbers don’t lie.
Solskjaer has put a lot of faith in Pogba and will be keen to keep him ahead of the 2019/20 season. It appears more and more likely that he will be playing his football in Manchester next season. Whether he is at his best is a different matter.