Paul Pogba was left out of Manchester United’s starting XI on Wednesday against Sevilla
Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has already sounded out a number of leading European clubs about the possibility of a summer transfer from Manchester United, according to reports.
The France international returned to Old Trafford in the summer of 2016 in a then world record £89million move but has shown only flashes of his best form over a consistent period.
Pogba was again left out of the starting line-up for last night’s Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Sevilla, with Jose Mourinho preferring a midfield trio of Ander Herrera, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic, only for the Spaniard to suffer an injury which meant Pogba’s demotion lasted just 17 minutes.
Explaining his decision ahead of the game, Mourinho said: ‘You [the media] always go to the one who doesn’t start.
‘Because [Scott] McTominay is working hard every day, feeling good, feeling strong, played the last match for 90 minutes, Paul … the last Saturday he wasn’t able to play. Scott McTominay has been preferred to Paul Pogba in Manchester United’s recent matches
‘We believe this kind of game, of course, demands quality, but is a kind of game where I think a player must feel 100 per cent.
‘No, I don’t say so much tactical, we are going to play with three midfield players.
‘Paul could perfectly play in one of these two roles where Herrera and McTominay are going to play but Paul created some doubt by not playing last Saturday, by not playing by his own decision, he was not feeling good, and created some doubts.’
Pogba missed last weekend’s FA Cup win over Huddersfield through illness and was dropped for the recent league encounter against the same opposition.