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Manchester United make final transfer decision on Paul Pogba


Paul Pogba will leave Manchester United this summer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are reluctantly ready to cut their ties with Paul Pogba and sell their record signing in the summer.

The France international’s controversial agent, Mino Raiola, confirmed his client was ready to leave Old Trafford in an explosive interview last month, shortly after United opted to trigger a clause in his contract and extend his deal for a further 12 months.

After leaving Pogba on the bench for their decisive, and ultimately fateful, Champions League group stage clash against RB Leipzig, the 27-year-old has returned to his best form in recent weeks and helped catapult United to the brink of the Premier League summit.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Mirror, is said to be delighted with Pogba’s attitude and has little doubt over his commitment to the cause, but with the former Juventus star unwilling to sign a new long-term deal the club fear they have no option but to sell and recoup some of the £89million fee they paid the Serie A champions back in the summer of 2016.

Pogba’s departure will at least likely be partially offset by the continued excellence of Bruno Ferandes who has taken on an almost talismanic role since his arrival a year ago.

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The Portugal international proved the matchwinner on New Year’s Day when his penalty secured a 2-1 win over Aston Villa and moved United level on points with Liverpool at the top.

Fernandes has been thrilled with the contribution Pogba has made to his side’s recent burst of form and believes the Red Devils are on the verge of building something special.

He said: ‘I hope people are not in doubt on the qualities of Paul because we know he can play, he can help us and he can play really well. I think we are building something important.

‘The most important for us is building a team, building a group of players who take care of each other.

‘As I sit in the stands in the last two or three minutes, everyone is shouting and hoping to don’t concede a goal and to take care of the ball.

‘Everyone wanted the three points, everyone wanted that win and this is what it is all about. Now we have to build on this more and more.’


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