Manchester United’s big-money contract extension to Paul Pogba is a ‘sign of desperation’ for ‘someone who’s been in and out of the side,’ says Paul Ince…with superstar set to leave for free next summer
- Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba can leave for free next summer
- The club has submitted a contract offer, but Pogba has yet to agree to the new terms
- Former midfielder Paul Ince says United’s move is a ‘sign of desperation’
- Ince also claims Pogba’s reported pay of £400,000 a week is unjustified
Manchester United’s latest big-money deal offer to Paul Pogba is a “sign of desperation,” said their former midfielder Paul Ince.
Pogba can leave the club on a free transfer next summer and with the months ticking by quickly, he will also be able to hold talks with foreign teams from January.
Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have all been linked with a transfer to the superstar, although United are trying to tie him to new terms.
Manchester United’s contract offer to Paul Pogba is a ‘sign of desperation’, says Paul Ince
Sports post has previously reported that the Old Trafford hierarchy wants Pogba to sign the deal as soon as possible, a move that would protect his value.
It would get him a significant increase from his current contract of £290,000 a week, that’s for sure, and it would last at least four more years.
However, Pogba continues to be hesitant to put pen to paper, and Ince says the extension comes as a surprise as he doesn’t start every game.
Former United star Ince believes the move is a surprise due to confusion over Pogba’s minutes
Pogba is back training at United after the international break, but still has to draw up conditions
“That’s a sign of Manchester United’s desperation at being offered that contract,” Ince . said The United States.
“Of course they’re trying to get him to sign this deal. It’s a lot of money for someone who’s been in and out of the side.
“He was on the bench against Everton two weeks ago and then all of a sudden you said, ‘Here’s £400k-a-week!’
“Ultimately, when you pay that kind of money for a player, he has to play every game and we don’t see Paul Pogba playing every game.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) has remained coy about Pogba’s long-term future at United
‘Where is his ideal position? Where is Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] watch him play week in, week out? We know where Bruno Fernandes plays, that’s easy enough. But where does Paul Pogba play?
“Is he playing in midfield like he did against Wolves? Is he going to play it on the left? Will he put him on the bench? There is too much confusion about where Pogba’s best position is.
“He was more advanced at the start of the season and his assists record is fantastic this season. He was incredible against Southampton.
“But I look at this and think, ‘Why are you offering Paul Pogba £400k-a-week at this precise moment?’
Pogba enjoyed a great recent spell with France helping them win the Nations League
“He doesn’t cut down trees and his performances have been on and off.”
United boss Solskjaer has been hesitant about Pogba’s future, insisting that talks with the player ‘continue’, and there is no clear sign of his decision.
Pogba has impressed on his international duty with France after helping his country win the Nations League after beating Spain in the final.
He has also had a good start at United, most notably providing seven assists in seven Premier League appearances to date.