Paul Pogba stays a somewhat divisive figure at Man United. France international has many admirers, and few truly doubt he is a hugely talented footballer. But there is no doubt that his second spell at the Theatre of Dreams has been a little underwhelming.
There was a huge amount of fanfare surrounding Paul’s come back to Man United in 2016. Pogba set Red Devils back £89m, a then world-record fee, and had been consistently excellent for Juventus in Serie A.
Red Devils supporters have just really seen the footballer’s brilliance in fleeting spells. Often it has been interrupted by injury, or a patchy run of form. And the same questions are asked time and time again: could Paul be performing better? Is this United team hindering him? Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer discover the solution?
The answers aren’t always clear. Paul is capable of single-handedly dictating the tempo of matches at the highest level, as he demonstrated for Bianconeri and with France, particularly throughout the 2018 World Cup. Even when he has been below his best for Red Devils, Paul stays a uniquely gifted player, still one of the best in the division.
But Man United, understandably, expected more. As things stand, the consensus would probably be that Paul has been a disappointment. Perhaps he has been a victim of his own success. Perhaps he should be judged less harshly for his displays over the last four years. Still, it feels like there is something missing.
For the Red Devils, it could become a lose-lose situation. Man United recently triggered the one-year option on Paul Pogba’s deal, meaning he is tied to Man United until 2022. His long-term future stays uncertain, however.