Paul Pogba’s head not at Manchester United any more, says Mikael Silvestre


Pogba has been tipped for a summer exit (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Mikael Silvestre hopes to see Paul Pogba team up with Bruno Fernandes in the Manchester United midfield but admitted he doesn’t think his compatriot’s ‘head is at United any more’.

Pogba has struggled to make any impact on Manchester United’s season due to an ongoing ankle issue, starting just five times in the Premier League, and has long been linked with a move away from the club.

While manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Pogba is still one of his ‘most important players’, speculation continues to rumble on behind the scenes, with a move to Juventus or Real Madrid considered a likely summer scenario.

Silvestre, who spent nine years at Old Trafford, believes Pogba is still well liked at the club and the squad would be happy to keep him, however, he is concerned that the France international simply wants to leave.

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‘We have to wait and see but it doesn’t look like his head is at United any more,’ Silvestre said on a podcast for The Athletic.

‘I saw him before the lockdown and he looked happy, everyone is behaving like normal with him. He is part of United so if he was to stay there wouldn’t be any issue, I just hope we see the best out of him.

Silvestre thinks Pogba’s head isn’t at United (Picture: Icon Sport via Getty Images)

‘He should be at his peak right now with his age and his experience with United and France. It would be nice to see him in midfield with Bruno Fernandes.’

Solskjaer told Sky Sports of Pogba and Marcus Rashford’s injury recovery: ‘Paul and Marcus have been out, now we’ve still got games left, and I think everyone in the league will start more or less on the same level.

‘Maybe they’ve got more motivation to keep going now, as they can see when they’re back they may be on the same level or even a better level physically.

‘In a way, they have got an opportunity here to play a bigger part in this season than they had hoped. And they are big players for us, some of the most important players.

‘I’ve always been impressed with the players when we’ve had breaks. When we came back from pre-season they were really focused.

‘We’ve had the mid-season break now, we did a few things tactically in Marbella in that week and they came back focused.’

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