A Manchester United insider has told talkSPORT’s Alan Brazil that Paul Pogba will never play for the club again.
The France international has been tipped to leave Old Trafford with Real Madrid and Juventus both keen to secure his signature when the transfer window reopens in January.
Brazil spent two years at Manchester United during his playing days, scoring eight goals from a centre-forward position.
And he’s claimed that he’s been told Pogba, who has been out of action since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the end of September, will never don the club’s colours again.
“Someone has just told me, and it’s not just a random text, I know this guy and he does know a lot about United and what has gone on,” he told talkSPORT.
“He says: ‘From a very strong source – Pogba will NEVER play for United again’.
“Now, take that the way you want it, I don’t know who has told him but that is what he is saying.
“Because I was thinking the other night, ‘What has happened to him, where is he?’
“Pogba posted a video of himself playing basketball last week, despite the injury, drawing criticism from fans.
“Look that’s the source; he has told me he will never play for United again.”
Pogba was recently videoed playing basketball and some United fans believe that he’s refusing to play for the club, such is his determination to leave.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted he’ll be back in action in the New Year – and that he had no issue with Pogba’s extra-curricular activities.
“We don’t play basketball,” Solskjaer said.
“I don’t see many basketball players, tackling, twisting and turning their ankles and training with studs on.
“He’s not ready to train. He had another scan at the start of the international break and his ankle has not healed up yet.
“He is stepping up the recovery so he doesn’t have to have the cast on. When you are out for six or seven weeks, you do lose loads of muscle.
“Now he is gradually stepping up walking on the treadmill and biking, so it will still be a few weeks. But we hope to see him in 2019.”
Real Madrid and Juventus both spent the summer trying to land Pogba.
But United, despite the player’s determination to leave, refused to budge on their eyewatering £160million valuation.
Whether or not Pogba gets the departure he craves in the winter transfer window is, however, something only time will tell.