Paul Pogba of Manchester United will be a free agent in the summer after failing to deliver on his promise to fans.
If you were scrolling through social media just before going to bed on August 8, 2016, you might have been astonished to see Manchester United reveal the world-record acquisition of Paul Pogba shortly after midnight.
It was undoubtedly unusual to announce Pogba’s widely anticipated signing for £89 million at 00:36 BST, but the time was clearly purposeful. This is due to the fact that the timing corresponded with morning commuters in the Far East and evening commuters in North America, the world’s most valuable market and where the Glazers are based. Pogba’s homecoming garnered international headlines, as predicted.
After leaving Manchester United in 2012, the midfielder rose to prominence at Juventus. He was already regarded as one of the world’s best midfielders at the age of 24, having scored 34 goals and provided 40 assists during his four years in Turin.
At United, he was regarded as the ultimate signing. Jose Mourinho desired him because of his commercial appeal and the sentimental aspect of his probable comeback.
When United fans in the United Kingdom awoke that July morning to the news of Pogba’s arrival, they focused solely on the positives.
To be honest, the timing of the announcement didn’t matter. It was a minor detail missed in the euphoria of making a world-record deal for a player formed and molded in the club’s academy.
As the news of Pogba’s return drove social media into overdrive, the footballer couldn’t help but express his excitement at being back in Manchester on MUTV. “There are no words, to be honest, there are no words,” Pogba stated, a huge grin on his face.
“I recently returned to Carrington. It was as though I’d just returned home. I just went on vacation, or it appears that I went on vacation. The problem with me is that I only think about the pitch. I want to achieve well, to be among the best, to win championships “He said.
“I just want to do things, and that’s why I came here, to become one of the best and to win titles because I know this club needs to win titles. I just concentrate on this and that’s it. I’m just ready to get to work on it and finish it.”
While Pogba said all the right things when he returned to Manchester United six years ago, the truth is that he has yet to deliver on his promises.
His tenure at United was a flop. Pogba wanted to win trophies, he wanted to win the Premier League and compete for the Champions League with United, but instead, he’s only won the Europa League and the League Cup.
At United, success is judged by silverware, and Pogba has yet to win the major prizes he desired in 2016.
United believed they had signed the complete player, one who would dominate the center of the field at Old Trafford for the next decade, but the truth has been sobering. Pogba’s greatness has not been showcased frequently enough. His innate talent places him among the finest players in the world, but he hasn’t been used to his full potential at United. Only France has had this honor.