Paul Pogba has conceded that Manchester United season is “dead” after their recent Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid — and has further intimated that his return to Old Trafford has been hugely ‘unsatisfying’.
The Frenchman has candidly offered a brutal assessment of his current situation at Old Trafford and has increasingly heightened speculation that he will be off once the 2021/22 campaign comes to an end and his contract expires at the end of June.
Man Utd remain a club in perennial flux since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down nearly a decade ago now, and this season has further highlighted the sheer gulf currently separating them from Premier League and Champions League dreamers Manchester City and Liverpool.
The Red Devils remain in pursuit of a Premier League top four finish, but Arsenal are currently in the box seat and look good value for their current position in fourth, four points ahead of Rangnick’s men and with a game in hand. It’s not looking promising for Rangnick.
In light of their predicament, facing the all-but certain possibility of another trophy-less season, and with Pogba’s contract rapidly winding down, the World Cup winner has now put distance between himself and the club — and heavily swung the door open on a potential summer exit.
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“You have to be honest, the last five seasons have not satisfied me – really not at all,” Pogba told Le Figaro.
“This year it is dead, we won’t win anything. Whether it is with Manchester United or at another club, I want to win trophies.”
Pogba, who recently linked up with the France national team, also took the opportunity to issue a thinly-veiled swipe at Rangnick, suggesting his own form has been hampered by persistent changes to his role on the pitch, a problem he doesn’t encounter with Didier Deschamps.
“It’s simple with France, I play and I play in my position – I know my role and I feel the confidence of the coach and the players,” Pogba added.
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“It’s normal to feel a difference at Manchester United because it’s hard to be consistent when you often have a change to your position, or the team system, or your partners.
“I get along very well with [Deschamps], he gave me a role that I know, but at Manchester United do I really have a role? I ask the question but I don’t have an answer.”