Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba even if they make a loss and talk of increasing his wages to ensure he stays at Old Trafford is silly and misses the point
Manchester United should not bother waiting for an astronomical offer for Paul Pogba, whatever Ed Woodward seems to be saying. If any reasonable bid comes in they should accept it, because the time has come to sell if a long-running story is not to end up running into next season.
We have all heard far too much already about the French players hopes and desires, and his clubs determination to keep hold of him rather than lose face by admitting they cannot offer the level of football he craves. Pogba has had his moments in a United shirt but he has not been the sort of stellar performer who would leave a gaping hole, so it would surely be better to accept the inevitable and get some business done rather than continue to pretend this stormy marriage is somehow going to sail into a serene and productive future.
Even United must be aware that, because they paid massively over the odds for Pogba, they are unlikely to recoup all of their money. The players time at Old Trafford has hardly enhanced his market value either on the pitch or away from it. Becoming a World Cup winner while a United player only highlighted the fact that Pogba appeared to have more to give than his club were able to get out of him. He is an elite player there is no doubt about that and as such he belongs at an elite club. Whether United currently fit that billing is a matter for debate, though the point is that the number of clubs who do is quite small and, if Woodward receives an approach from any of them, he would be wise to consider it.
Talk of increasing Pogbas wages to ensure he stays at Old Trafford is silly and misses the point. It is highly likely that Pogba would have to accept a pay cut to play in Spain or Italy, yet he still remains keen to move on. United already have one overpaid and underperforming passenger on their books in Alexis Snchez.
No one is suggesting Pogba would end up quite that unhappy but United realise that it is too late now to expect any offers for the Chilean, astronomical or otherwise, while Snchez himself is unlikely to bother hinting that he would like to join a club with loftier ambitions.