English Premiership

Pogba: 'I always give my best when I'm on the pitch'

2019-08-12 09:09
Juan Mata and Paul Pogba
Juan Mata and Paul Pogba (Getty Images)

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 rumours.

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 at United.

"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 move anyway.

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.

 

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