‘Pogba Hasn’t Played Enough For Real Madrid To Be Keen’

Paul Pogba “hasn’t played
enough” this season for Real Madrid to be “genuinely interested in him”,
says former Blancos star Steve McManaman.

‘Pogba Hasn’t Played Enough For Real Madrid To Be Keen’ 1

Speculation continues to suggest that the Manchester United midfielder is a top transfer target for those at Santiago Bernabeu.

Pogba’s
agent, Mino Raiola, has helped to keep the rumour mill ticking over
with regular admissions of all options being considered when it comes to
another change of scenery.

A return to Juventus for the
World Cup winner has also been mooted, with form and fitness issues
having blighted a second stint at Old Trafford.

McManaman is
not convinced that Real will join a transfer scramble for Pogba if one
is sparked, as he has been restricted to just eight appearances for
United in an injury-ravaged 2019-20 campaign.

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The ex-Madrid
winger told HorseRacing.net: “He hasn’t played enough football this
season for sides like Madrid to be genuinely interested in him.

“If
he stays, plays and gets back to full fitness at Manchester United, I
certainly think that he will get back into the starting XI very easily.

“Nemanja
Matic is a year older, Juan Mata is a year older and Paul is definitely
good enough to play in those positions alongside Bruno Fernandes, so I
don’t think there’s any problem there.

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“He’s certainly got
the quality to play in the Manchester United midfield as long as he’s
fit and healthy, but we’ve been waiting to hear from Paul Pogba all year
regarding his future.

“Pogba has yet to say whether he wants to stay or whether he wants to leave.”

Pogba
admitted in the summer of 2019 that he was ready to take on a new
challenge, having faced regular rounds of criticism throughout his time
at United.

No deal was done then and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained that the 27-year-old remains part of his future plans.

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The
Red Devils have moved to bring alternative options into their engine
room, with Portugal international Fernandes settling quickly in new
surroundings, while transfer talk is never far away when it comes to
possible raids on Aston Villa or Leicester for Jack Grealish and James
Maddison.

A fully-fit Pogba would expect to still figure
prominently for the Red Devils regardless of who they bring in, but
issues outside of his control are currently conspiring against him –
with a return to training made just as competitive football shut down
amid the coronavirus pandemic.