Manager Ralf Rangnick confirmed Friday that star midfielder Paul Pogba is set to leave Manchester United after the season via Fabrizio Romano.
🚨 Paul Pogba’s set to leave Man United as free agent. Ralf Rangnick confirms: “As things stand, Pogba will NOT renew his contract with Manchester United”. 🔴 #MUFC
“It's most likely that he won't be here anymore next season”, Rangnick added. @utdreport pic.twitter.com/M8Y9yjSfQN
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 22, 2022
The rumors have been swirling since essentially the start of the season. After the Red Devils moved on from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there were discussions of Pogba possibly considering a stay at Old Trafford. The season began on an extremely high note, particularly in the season opener. Pogba himself had four assists in that game against Leeds United. It’s been downhill from there, especially over the last month or so.
Additionally, the Frenchman is dealing with a calf injury and is unlikely to play in any of the five remaining games. That means we’ve likely seen the last of Paul Pogba in a Manchester United uniform. The season hasn’t gone as expected for Manchester United as a whole, nor Pogba.
As of now, they sit sixth in the English Premier League standings. The likelihood of qualifying for next season’s Champions League seems minimal at this point, likely a factor in Pogba’s decision. Often times, particularly this season, the midfielder hasn’t had a set in stone position on the field. In turn, it’s been hard for him to perform consistently and gain a rhythm with his teammates.
The lack of a holding midfielder behind him has hurt his performance as well. While it will be a big loss talent-wise for United, it’s one that’s seemed likely for awhile now. Now that Rangnick confirmed things, it’s time for them to begin to look at reinforcements after the season. The team is expected to undergo a major overhaul within the system this offseason.
This has already begun with the appointment of Erik Ten Hag as manager. Paris Saint-Germain has been the team most closely tied to Pogba, as a move away from the EPL seems more likely than not.