Article by SJ Romney
Because he’s worth it..
I usually have a certain style when I write for TF but for this piece I’m just going to get straight to it…
He came with a bright future. So bright Manchester United thought he was worth fighting for. Worth taking away from his home country out of his natural environment with promises of a better future. Nearly 3 years later Paul Pogba’s short Manchester career is at a crossroad. Quite staggering given he’s lived up to all of his precocious billing.
So is he stalling over money ?
Yes & no. First of all he wants to play and prove his worth in a Manchester United shirt, so far these chances have been limited. Instead he takes a watching brief from the bench and to be fair when everyone is fit that is quite an achievement for any 19 year old in a United shirt. However given the injuries over the winter period, watching the second choice right back & 4th choice winger at best playing central midfield in a game that may yet cost Manchester United the title was a sobering moment for young Pogba.
Playing Pogba would have been a gamble.. but a bigger gamble than playing an un(match)fit Rafael & light weight Park??.. Do me a favour.
So on to the money..
If Manchester United believe he’s only worth 25k a week, then on that basis he’s way down the pecking order, and the player has to believe if he signs that contract that he will go back to the reserves or be shipped out on loan. If however the club paid him nearer the £45k a week he reportedly wants, that would be a sign of commitment from the club that they see him as a first team player in the near future.
Will he play regular first team football for likes of Juve or Milan & will they pay him 45k a week ?
Probably not next season, no.
So why would he leave then I hear you ask!??
Fact is Manchester United no longer pay renewal fees, therefore he’d have to pay as much as 20 – 30% of his wages to his agent. Where as Milan or Juve will pay the agent up front with no reference at all to his wages.
So what would United lose by letting the player leave ?
All the wages & training invested in the player so far would be wasted. Manchester United would then have to replace the player for probably A LOT more money than what Pogba is asking for.
If we pay Pogba more money won’t that set a precedent ?
Not really… if a player isn’t worth that amount don’t pay him that amount. If he is that’s great for United as it means the club don’t have to pay extravagant transfer fees saving millions in the process, a win / win situation.
So in my opinion due to all of the above I expect the player, the agent & the club to reach a compromise and that Paul Pogba will be a Manchester United star of the future.