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Rangnick claims exit-linked star may have played his last game for Manchester United

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Paul Pogba is likely to leave Manchester United this summer with representatives in talks with Real Madrid and Juventus. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE.)

Ralf Rangnick confirms Paul Pogba may have played his last match for Manchester United 

Speaking in an interview, as quoted by The Metro, Manchester United manager, Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Paul Pogba wouldn’t be renewing his contract ahead of the following season.

Pogba hasn’t been at his best in a while playing for Manchester United in recent seasons. Especially during the recent campaign, he didn’t have much influence on the team following his recurring injury issues and has failed to make any sort of an impression under the German manager. 

Playing 27 matches across all competitions this term, he has only scored 1 goal and given nine assists, seven of which came in the first 4 league games of the season.

Paul Pogba was injured against Liverpool. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Paul Pogba was injured against Liverpool. (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

The Frenchman was substituted within 10 minutes of the game against Liverpool. Later, it was revealed that the United star suffered a calf injury and from what the ex-RB Leipzig is saying, it doesn’t seem like he would play again this season.

When asked about the downfall of Pogba, the German manager couldn’t give any particular reason why the World Cup winner failed during his stint at United. Nevertheless, the gaffer made it clear that the Frenchman wouldn’t be part of the following games.          

“Right now, it doesn’t make sense to think about that because he won’t be available for [the Arsenal match] and most likely not for the upcoming games.”

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has no idea why Paul Pogba failed to put up consistent display.  (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has no idea why Paul Pogba failed to put up consistent displays. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

The former RB Leipzig manager even revealed that, most likely, the player wouldn’t be renewing his contract for the next season.   

“As it seems right now, he will not renew his contract and, I don’t know, maybe the club or Erik will not want to renew his contract. It’s most likely he won’t be here next season.”

Is it best for both parties?

Manchester United let Paul Pogba leave the club when he was pretty young. After he burst onto the scene with Juventus, the Red Devils splashed £89m to secure the Frenchman again. The event showcases the board’s foolishness which is not at all acceptable at the top level. 

Even though Pogba has had some impressive spells in the United jersey, his performances have been below-average overall. In this term, it even started to feel like the Red Devils were perhaps a better team without him- given how many games he was beginning to miss.

Where will Paul Pogba land next season?  (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)
Where will Paul Pogba land next season? (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

It is important that United have a consistent midfield to build something upon. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was constantly preferring Fred and Scott McTominay in a double pivot which saw the Frenchman play some games out wide.

Considering his performances for Les Bleus and Juventus, it is clear he has what it takes to become a world-beater. However, his failure to consistently use these abilities for our team’s success suggests that he might not be the best suited for the Red Devils.

While him leaving on a free means we get nothing in transfer fees, it would still take one big name off the wage books- which can then help Erik ten Hag bring in players that he may need to succeed here.

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Who knows, he might find his lost form with another club. So, his departure seems to be the ideal solution for both parties at this moment. Of course, he can be fit in time to play another game for us but given our season ends in a month from now, it will be a race against time if he wants another appearance for the Red Devils before heading out.

Written by Surajit Das

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