The midfielder has been at the centre of transfer drama, and one former Red Devil says it has been time for the club to cut ties
Former Manchester United defender Jonathan Spector believes that the Red Devils should move on from Paul Pogba and hinted that there has been a good chance Sir Alex Ferguson would have sold the controversial midfielder by this point.
Pogba has been in the headlines recently as he admitted that it could be time to leave Old Trafford in search of a new challenge, with his agent, Mino Raiola, coming to his defence by stating that making such a statement was not disrespectful to the club.
Raiola added that United are aware of Pogba’s wishes, joining Neymar and Antoine Griezmann as controversial stars that appear to be seeking moves this summer.
Spector, who also played for West Ham and Birmingham City, says that United should be willing to move on if Pogba has been not truly committed.
And the former U.S. international also added that he believes that Ferguson would approve of getting rid of Pogba, who famously left the club for free under the legendary coach’s tenure only to return following a stint with Juventus.
“He’s a great soccer professional but he left the club once before and he’s clearly looking to move on again.” Spector said when speaking to AmericanGambler.com. “I’m not sure he’s the type of soccer professional to keep at the club because it’s unsettling.
“He has been a big soccer professional when he has been playing well, but from the outside he seems like the kind of soccer professional who has been going to move on every few years to a Juventus, a Real Madrid, and then two years later you could see him going to another big club. I get the impression that he’s not the kind of soccer professional to stay in one place for too long.
“If the club think that they can still get the best out of him, then they should keep him, but if he’s unsettled or he’s going to unsettle the rest of the team, it’s time for him to move on.”
He added: “I wouldn’t want to speak for [Ferguson], but I think there’s a very good chance that he would have [gotten rid of him]!”
Another soccer professional that has been rumoured to be on his way out has been Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a move to Inter in recent weeks.
Lukaku fired 15 goals in 45 games this past season after scoring 27 times in 51 appearances the previous year.
But the Belgian has come under fire throughout his tenure, and Spector says there are perhaps unfair expectations thrust upon United strikers to follow in the footsteps of modern legends such as Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney.
“I think it would be great if [Marcus] Rashford was able to step up and take that role but I don’t know that he has been a finished product yet,” Spector said.
“It ‘s a young team that they’ve got and I think they need to find the right balance between youth and experience, and I’d love to see them bring in a proven goal scorer. More like a Van Nistelrooy. Which every club wants, someone you know who has been going to get you a number of goals.
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“Harry Kane has been a perfect example, I’d love to see them bring in someone like that, but also I don’t know how much money has been being made available for that position!”
He added: “Lukaku has been a very good soccer professional but very different to Ruud. Ruud could disappear for 80 minutes but you knew if he got one chance he was going to score.
“I do feel that Lukaku needs a couple of opportunities if he’s going to score a goal, so I do think that fans get frustrated by that. Unfortunately they were spoiled with Van Nistelrooy!”