France’s playmaker’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air amid his manager’s latest remarks, but some feel it’s time for him to leave.
Paul Pogba should be allowed to leave Manchester United, with the midfielder and his agent Mino Raiola continuing to comment on his future as a “wrench in the works” for the club, according to Teddy Sheringham.
The French international’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air amid his manager’s latest remarks, and Raiola’s comments ahead of United’s latest Champions League outing against RB Leipzig midweek serve as another. Junk sideshow.
Pogba, who came to the ranks at United, returned in a much-heralded move from Juventus in 2016, but has arguably lacked the consistency he has shown for Les Bleus over the next four years in Manchester.
Former United players have already responded to Raiola’s latest barrage against Pogba’s management, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having kept the 27-year-old in rotation within his midfield setup.
Sheringham, however, believes the time has come to cut ties with the former bianconeri, pointing to the regularity of Raiola’s attacks on the Red Devils, as well as Pogba’s occasional statements of dissatisfaction, as unnecessary distractions.
“Pogba could get by without his agent making these comments, he seems to show up and put keys in the works every time,” said the former forward. Chat Cards.
“Not great, every three or four months this seems to happen with comments from his agent or from Pogba himself.
“When you are a coach, you can do without him, you think you have solved it, that Pogba plays well again and then this comes out just before a big game in which they needed a result.
“It’s constant from the player and the agent to the point where, generally speaking, I think they should let it go.”
Sheringham, however, had nothing but praise for United’s new pick Edinson Cavani, and the veteran forward is likely to exceed expectations in the eyes of many.
“I had no doubt that Cavani would have the credentials to play for United and be a center forward for United.” “[He’s a] maximum forward, has gone around the world.
“As long as he stays fit and healthy enough, he will have no problem. He will score goals. He is a proven scorer, and I think he will do even better than many people expected.”
Sheringham also came to the defense of United captain Harry Maguire, who has endured a difficult season for both his club and England so far, where he remains one of Gareth Southgate’s key players.
“When I look at Harry Maguire, I look at the long-term impact,” he added. “I think he’s an outstanding player. I think he’s a very, very good character.
“Obviously, he’s had his problems at the beginning of the season, but when you’re an elite player, you learn to deal with them, you stick around, you crack and you move on.
“You have good people around you and hopefully they get through it together. It seems that Ole has stayed by his side, as he should, because he is a great player and a great man.”