Paul Pogba is not ‘psychologically well’ at Manchester United and could be ‘open to PSG transfer’ once his contract expires in the summer, claims France legend Nicolas Anelka
- Paul Pogba is set to become a free agent in the summer after his contract expires
- Nicolas Anelka says that Paul Pogba could join Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain
- The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker says he spoke to Pogba about a move
- He also says Pogba is not ‘psychologically well’ at United due to the criticism
Nicolas Anelka believes Paul Pogba would welcome a move to Paris Saint-Germain because the French midfielder has struggled ‘psychologically’ at Manchester United.
The Red Devils spent a club-record £89million to re-sign Pogba from Juventus in 2016. However, the 28-year-old has failed to consistently hit the heights expected of him.
Pogba’s contract at Old Trafford is due to expire in June this year and PSG are among a host of clubs looking to sign the midfielder on a free transfer in the summer.
Paul Pogba’s (above) future at Manchester United has come into question once again
When asked about whether Pogba would be interested in a switch to Parc des Princes, Anelka told RMC Sport: ‘I spoke with him six months ago and he wouldn’t mind coming to PSG. If he joins, we’ll forget all of his injuries and see that he’s a top player.’
The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker also said that Pogba had been struggling mentally at Manchester United due to the vast amount of ‘criticism’ he has received.
Anelka said: ‘I know Paul, I played with him at Juventus, and it’s amazing what he can do with the ball.
‘Unfortunately, when he arrives in Manchester, they are not a big team. They are a team that has to rebuild themselves, they are looking for its game plan, they are looking for a coach.
Nicolas Anelka says Pogba would be open to a transfer to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain
Pogba return to Manchester United in 2016, but has struggled to prove his worth at the club
‘It’s been very difficult for him since he came back. He’s been criticised a lot. It’s not the best club where he can have fun and show his talent.
‘I think PSG would be great for him. Some say it wouldn’t be good for Paris, because he’s supposedly often injured. But I think his injuries are due to his life in Manchester, because he’s not psychologically well.’
Manchester United have presented Pogba with several different deals. However, the Frenchman has reportedly turned down each offer.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has made it clear that Pogba can leave in the summer transfer window if he wants.
However, he said he will continue to use Pogba within the United squad and allow the Frenchman to ‘prove to the world what kind of player he is’.
‘The question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group, how much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board,’ Rangnick told reporters in January. ‘As long as this is the case, he will play.
‘He wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be and even if it’s only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?’
Anelka says Pogba is struggling to cope with the criticism he has received at United
Steve McManaman is confident that Pogba will avoid transferring to one of United’s rivals
Meanwhile, former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman says he would be ‘shocked’ to see Pogba join one of Manchester United’s Premier League opponents during the Summer transfer window.
McManaman told Horseracing.net: ‘If Paul Pogba was to make a move to one of Manchester United’s Premier League rivals, I wouldn’t be shocked…. I would be incredibly shocked.
‘If it was Manchester City, Chelsea, or Liverpool I would be amazed, far more than shocked. Why would you?
‘Is Paul Pogba going to improve Manchester City’s team? No. He wouldn’t improve Liverpool’s either. Probably not Chelsea’s, the way they play.
‘Paul Pogba’s form for Manchester United over the past five years hasn’t been good enough to reflect that he can go and play for Manchester City or Liverpool.
‘His reputation is excellent, of course it is. But his reputation is in the France shirt and Juventus shirt. It’s not in the Manchester United shirt. His style of play is too slow for Man City or Liverpool.’