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Ex-Man United academy man explains the reason why this Old Trafford superstar has struggled

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Danny Higginbotham explains why Paul Pogba has struggled at Man United

Paul Pogba hasn’t been able to live up to the expectations at Manchester United because he has grown frustrated by the lack of big signings at the club. This is according to former United academy man Danny Higginbotham. (ESPN FC h/t Express)

Pogba, a product of the Manchester United academy, left the club in 2012 in search of first-team action. After four successful years at Juventus, the Frenchman returned to Old Trafford in 2016, in a club-record £89m deal.

While he played an important role in our Europa League and League Cup triumph upon his return, the 27-year-old hasn’t been able to sustain that level, with off-field issues dominating the headlines more often than not.

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Last summer, Pogba tried to force through a move away to Real Madrid, but the club stood firm. Heading into the upcoming transfer window, the 2018 World Cup winner is being linked with an exit once again. (h/t Express)

Higginbotham is of the belief that Pogba’s failure to succeed at United has been due to the lack of big-name arrivals at the club. (h/t Express)

“To Pogba’s defence, when he joined the club he was probably told that he was going to be the first of many many world-class players coming through the door. That wasn’t to be the case, and I think Pogba’s become frustrated at times.”

Higginbotham further added that Pogba remains a world-class midfielder. He hopes to see the Frenchman’s best once he returns from injury and pairs up with January signing Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Express)

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Pogba has missed almost the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign due to an ankle problem that needed surgery. The 27-year-old is closing in on a return and should be available for the final run-in when the season returns from suspension.

It will be interesting to see how the Pogba-Fernandes partnership works. As far as the midfielder’s future is concerned, it remains to be seen if the club lets him leave once the transfer window opens.