Gary Neville says Paul Pogba’s Man United exit ‘leaves a bad taste in the mouth’
Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba’s departure from Manchester United ‘leaves a bad taste in my mouth’ as the underperforming midfielder prepares to re-sign for Juventus.
It was then revealed that the Frenchman turned down United’s contract offer of more than £300,000 a week as ‘nothing’ in a trade with his late agent Mino Raiola, documented in a new documentary.
United are poised to lose their record £89million by moving to Juventus for a second time, with 29-year-old Pogba poised to sign a four-year deal.
Paul Pogba ends six-year stint with Manchester United and returns to Juventus
United legend Gary Neville says Pogba’s manner of departure ‘leaves a bad taste’
Old Trafford legend Neville said Pogba’s second six-year spell at United, in which he won just two silverware, left both sides wanting more.
He said in a TikTok chat: “I don’t mind Pogba’s comments to be honest. I think once a player has left, he can say whatever he wants. Fine, no problem.
“But I don’t think he has performed well in the last six years. I don’t think the club performed well with him or handled him well either.
“It’s been a partnership that, to be fair, has failed on both sides, so that’s what you’d have to say about that.
There is no winner if a player leaves after six years with the money spent and very little won.
A new Amazon documentary about Pogba has revealed that he turned down a large money offer
Pogba returns to Juventus for a second time after six seasons at Old Trafford
“The player leaves dissatisfied and the club is also dissatisfied. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth because it’s the second time it happens.
“You wish him all the best for the future at Juventus.”
Pogba made 226 appearances during his second stint at United, scoring 39 times, but never reaching the same heights as during the successful four seasons at Juventus that preceded it.
He helped United win the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League against Jose Mourinho in his first season back but was complicit in a fall in United’s standards that left them without a trophy for five years.
Pogba will leave in dire circumstances after a clip from a new Amazon documentary about the player revealed that he turned down two offers from United over his existing £290,000-a-week deal.
The 29-year-old also confirms that he was unhappy that United took so long to propose a new deal after first approaching the club in the summer of 2019.
Filmed on The Pogmentary Pogba speaks to his agent Mino Raiola while driving a Rolls-Royce in Miami and asks: ‘Has Manchester made a second offer?’
Pogba was booed by United fans during a game with Norwich towards the end of the season
‘Yes,’ answers Raiola, who passed away in April. “They definitely want you to stay. To me, the offer doesn’t reflect that. I said to them, ‘If you want him to stay, don’t make that offer’.
“I’ll make it clear to them that if they really want you to stay and they want to build a project around you, they should act differently this time and put the money on the table.”
Pogba responds, “They’re bluffing. How can you tell a player that you absolutely want him and offer him nothing? Never seen.
“My train of thought is to show Manchester United that they made a mistake by waiting to sign me.”
Pogba never reached the heights of his Juventus days during his second stint at Old Trafford
Neville is also concerned that United are already falling behind in the summer transfer window as new manager Erik ten Hag begins rebuilding a underperforming club.
United have yet to sign any of their transfer targets, but champions City have already signed Erling Haaland for £51 million and arch-rivals Liverpool have spent £85 million on Portugal’s top scorer Darwin Nunez.
He posted on Twitter: “I know early on but it is worrying that United are struggling to get business done.
“The others seem ready and ready, but United can’t move. ETH (Erik ten Hag) needs his group as soon as possible to shape them.
Neville took to social media to urge his side to sign players for Ten Hag’s new tenure
“If they’re late, it’ll only get harder for him! Fingers crossed that it happens soon!’
And in his Tiktok chat, Neville added: “I tweeted this morning about United, a little concerned that they haven’t moved into the transfer window yet, when it seems everyone else has done decent business. Haaland, Nunez and Tottenham do business.
United are a bit slow, which isn’t great. We could have brought in some players earlier to get the manager into his team as early as possible in the pre-season preparation. That’s really important.
“It’s very important that you get your players together as early as possible, especially with a new manager. It doesn’t seem to happen.’