Cape Town - Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba's fortunes have turned at the club after receiving a standing ovation while leaving the pitch after an emphatic 4-0 win over Chelsea.
The Premier League transfer window may have passed last week without
Pogba leaving Old Trafford, but that is not stopping speculation linking
the player with a move away, and he is doing little to cool all the
If anything the Frenchman is adding fuel to them following his latest
comments after United's 4-0 mauling of Chelsea on Sunday, when he
suggested that anything is still possible ahead of the European transfer
window that closes on September 2.
United have so far refused to sell and their stance is unlikely to
change over the next couple of weeks, especially now they will be unable
to bring in a replacement.
That is not stopping Pogba from talking about what may happen in the
future though. After setting up Marcus Rashford for his second goal
against Chelsea with a brilliant long-range pass, he told French radio
station RMC Sport that there were still doubts over whether he will stay
"I always feel good when I play football. I do the things I like,
plus it's my job. I give my all every time I go out on the pitch," he
said. "I'm aware that things have been said. Only time will tell.
There's always that question mark.
"I'm at Manchester. I have fun with my team-mates, I always want to
win matches and I always give my best when I'm on the pitch."
There is little to zero chance of United agreeing to a sale, while
one of the few options Pogba has, Real Madrid, look unlikely to make a
The Spanish club do not appear to be prepared to accept United's
asking price, reported to be £180million and also look set to sign Ajax
midfielder Donny Van de Beek, who has reportedly claimed the two clubs
are in talks over a transfer, instead.
There is also talk that Real could use what money they do have left,
to try and wrap up a deal for Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar before the
deadline, meaning Pogba is no longer on the radar.
Juventus are also unable to fund a deal now they cannot engineer a
swap deal with United, so it looks as though Pogba will have to knuckle
down and prove his worth in the United side until at least January.