Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants to leave the club, because he is unhappy with his role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the UK Telegraph reports.
On Monday, his agent Mino Raiola, gave a wide-ranging interview, in which he confirmed Pogba’s time at Old Trafford was “over”.
Although the France international still has 18 months left on his current contract, Raiola says it would be best for him to be sold next year by the club.
Pogba’s desire to leave has always been attributed to the fact that he was interested in returning to Juventus or sign for ‘dream’ club, Real Madrid.
But it is now believed that the Frenchman’s unhappiness at United is down to Solskjaer’s tactics.
Pogba was given a free role in an advanced midfield position when Solksjaer took charge of the club and he finished as the club’s top scorer in the 18/19 season.
But, a long-term ankle injury saw United sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon and the Portugal midfielder has since taken over the reins as United’s main creative force.
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Pogba has also struggled for game time, but when picked he’s been deployed in a midfield two, which requires more defensive duties than the former Juve star would like.
Raiola’s comments are very untimely for United, particularly given it comes on the eve of their important Champions League game against RB Leipzig.
‘It is pointless to go around it,’ Raiola said in an interview with Tuttosport. ‘Better to speak clearly, look ahead and not waste time looking for culprits: Paul at Manchester United is unhappy, he is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him.
‘He has to change teams, he has to change the air. He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, in the summer of 2022, but I believe the best solution for the parties is to sell in the next market.’