Premier League pundit Jamie Redknapp insists Manchester City signing Manchester United star Paul Pogba is a no-brainer
Speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Daily Mail), ex-Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp has discussed the possibility of Manchester City signing Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba for free in the summer and called it a no-brainer.
Pogba sees his current contract with the Red Devils expire at the end of the season, which would make him a free agent. As things stand, there have been no updates from either the club or the player on extending his deal, so he is set to depart Old Trafford for free.
Redknapp, who won a League Cup with Liverpool, said that the Frenchman’s move to City would be incredible and not something that he would have seen coming. The pundit said that because Pogba had taken a lot of stick at United, he would have a point to prove if he made a free transfer.
“It would be an incredible move. It would be one I wouldn’t have seen coming. You have to weigh it up. On a free transfer, he’d have a point to prove because he’s taken a lot of stick at United.”
This will not be the France international’s first exit from the club, departing for Juventus in 2012 after coming through the ranks at the academy in Carrington and failing to get a starring role in the senior side under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think it’s a no-brainer”
He was re-signed by the Manchester side in 2016 after spending four successful years in Turin, where he picked four consecutive Scudetto titles and reached the final of the Champions League in 2015. However, he has since failed to replicate that form back in the Premier League, especially since Jose Mourinho’s exit.
Redknapp believed that if Pogba were to make a move to City, he would have to become a completely different player and also play a lot more. Further, the former Liverpool star said that the proposed move was a no-brainer as he would also add to the Cityzens’ goals tally.
“He would have to be completely different to the player we’ve seen at United, that’s a fact. He’d have to play a lot more like he does for France. I think it’s a no-brainer. He scores goals, he adds so much to the team.”
The World Cup winner has not had the best of times since his return to the club from Turin, putting in inconsistent displays and being affected by various injuries. He has shown flashes of brilliance on the pitch for the Old Trafford outfit but has never really convinced in the midfield.
His trophy record at United has been dismal in comparison to that of his time at Juventus, managing to only pick up a League Cup and Europa League title in his first season back in the Premier League. He would have had another Europa League trophy to boast of last year, but his team lost to Villarreal on penalties in the final.
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City would offer him a chance to join a side that has consistently been racking up silverware and playing an attractive and attacking brand of football. He would prove to be yet another superstar in Pep Guardiola’s squad, which already boasts talent like Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, and Ilkay Gundogan. But that would only be a possibility if City actually do show interest in Pogba this summer.
However, if he does move across town to join United’s rivals, then his legacy and image with the Red Devils are likely to be tarnished. It remains to be seen if this proves to be a decision that Pogba will take into consideration, and he seeks out another destination in the summer – if he does eventually leave.