Former Manchester United star Robin van Persie believes Paul Pogba has been treated unfairly by the Red Devils fans. The France international has barely made an impact in his fourth season with the Red Devils, considering he has been sidelined with multiple ankle injuries. As a result, he underwent an ankle surgery last month and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that the midfielder could make his comeback by March.
In an interview with Stat Perform, Van Persie said that Pogba has been judged unfairly. He added that the fans can’t expect the Frenchman to guide the club to silverware on his own while his goalscoring record would depend on the position where he plays, the Dutchman told: “I have the feeling people judge him [Pogba] a bit unfairly. They expect 20 goals, they expect 20 assists, they expect Pogba to make Manchester United champions — if he’s a six, then you cannot expect 20 goals. If he’s a 10, maybe 12 to 15 goals.”
Pogba’s current deal with United concludes in the summer of 2021 but United have the option to extend his contract for another 12 months. Pogba has remained relatively quiet regarding his future but his agent Mina Raiola has sparked the speculation by citing that he has been in discussions with Juventus over the midfielder’s situation.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid have been credited with an interest since the 2019 summer transfer window but neither of those teams have made a formal approach to date. However, it appears likely that the latter could make a move with reports suggesting that United have lowered their asking price from £148m to around £83m due to the midfielder’s injury absence and to the fact that he has no plans of penning a new contract with the club.