Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba has had his head turned by other clubs and no longer wants to play for Manchester United.
Pogba was named in the PFA’s Premier League Team of the Year this week but the Frenchman’s commitment to United has been questioned throughout the campaign.
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- Pogba has been linked with the exit door several times since returning to Manchester United from Juventus in the summer of 2016.
- The midfielder’s strained relationship with ex-manager Jose Mourinho resulted in fresh speculation about his future.
- Like many of his teammates, Pogba’s form drastically improved following the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford.
- But Pogba’s commitment was once again questioned during United’s disastrous 4-0 defeat at Everton and Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
- The 26-year-old has previously called Real Madrid a “dream club”.
Neville has been critical of Pogba in the past but has also praised the former Juventus star’s “world-class” ability.
However, Neville believes Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has allowed his client’s head to be turned by providing the option of a move away from United.
“I think he is world class,” Neville said of Pogba on Sky Sports before the Manchester derby.
“I don’t think he wants to be here, that’s his problem. I think his agent’s into him.
“I said two or three months ago when he was brilliant for Ole – and he’s been brilliant for Ole by the way – but I honestly thought a couple of months ago, we sat in this studio at the Liverpool game and everything was brilliant about Paul Pogba, and I said ‘I believe that it will resurface, the issues will resurface’.
“We know his agent, we know the influence he has on him, we know that Pogba has got his head turned by other clubs.
“And he’s playing like somebody who has had his head turned, he’s playing like somebody who doesn’t quite want to be here.”
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Where next for Pogba?
Pogba’s season has been deemed frustrating by many, but his figures have been impressive, to say the least.
With 13 goals and nine assists, he has been directly involved in more goals this season (22) than he has in any other single season in Europe’s top five leagues.
With that in mind, it wouldn’t be hugely surprising to see the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona go in for Pogba.
Earlier this month, Madrid boss Zidane said: “If, when he finishes his experience at United, he wants to come here, why shouldn’t he come to Real Madrid?”
Solskjaer reacted to the speculation by insisting Pogba will still be a United player in 2019/20.
The Norwegian said: “I cannot see him not playing for Manchester United next season.”