SO Manchester United fans can wave goodbye to Paul Pogba.
Well, it wasn’t quite waves from the away end at Anfield as he limped off after ten minutes.
Paul Pogba hasn’t got a leg to stand on if he believes he’s been a success in his second spell at Man Utd and he departed injured at LiverpoolCredit: AFP
Jesse Lingard came on for Paul Pogba after just ten minutes, with Man Utd already 1-0 down in their one-sided 4-0 defeatCredit: Getty
There was certainly plenty of hand gestures though.
That was followed by more boos when he went down the tunnel at the end.
Pogba cupping his ears to the noise did not help matters.
It takes a lot for Manchester United fans to turn on one of their own.
This season they have snapped.
They did with captain Harry Maguire.
It is a surprise that it has taken until now for them to make clear their anger at Pogba’s contribution to the cause.
At 29 these last six years should have seen the very best of him.
Instead, he has represented all that has been wrong since Sir Alex Ferguson bowed out.
Big name, big money, big disappointment.
You have to wonder if he was that good after all.
His titles with Juventus and a World Cup winners medal suggest otherwise.
Yet how can you represent a club like Manchester United 233 times and have one-and-a-half stand out games.
That is all I have seen.
The second half of the derby at The Etihad in April 2018 when he scored twice and inspired United to come from two goals down to win 3-2.
There was also the final of the Europa League when he opened the scoring in a 2-0 win over Ajax.
Never have you come away from his home ground of Old Trafford saying ‘wow wasn’t Pogba great today’.
Interim Old Trafford chief Ralf Rangnick was frustrated by yet another injury, this time Paul Pogba going off early on at AnfieldCredit: Reuters
For Juventus he played in a dominant side, with great players, likewise France.
The task of lifting and being central to a new proved too much.
In his defence I have noticed times when he would put through balls in that teammates simply didn’t read.
It left him frustrated at what was around him and made him look bad.
But he never lifted anyone, never lead, didn’t inspire. Games passed him by, the last six years have passed him by.
The time for United to cash in came the summer of 2019 when Ole Solskjaer was getting rid of both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku – more wasted cash there.
They got greedy when Real Madrid came calling asking for £130million.
Now he goes this summer for nothing.
Whatever the injury he suffered that forced him to limp off at Anfield there is every chance it keeps him out the last few games.
Probably as well given the way the fans are starting to revolt, because this is only going to get worse in the last knockings of an awful season for the club.
Where would they have been without Pogba this last six years? No better or worse of. His second coming has been that underwhelming.
It is not just Pogba of course. There has been a collective downing of tools with only the genius of Cristiano Ronaldo providing much needed lifts.
Where would they have been without his goals this season?
Where would they have been without Pogba this last six years?
No better or worse of.
His second coming has been that underwhelming.
Pogba moaned on the last international break about how he is played for United compared to France.
Yet three managers have tried everything, all positions to fit him in. Nothing has worked.
Jose Mourinho took him on and did not get enough support from high up and was gone.
That gives a player power.
Pogba is well liked amongst his teammates.
Sadly not by the United faithful.
As was clear at Anfield.
As they ‘waved’ him goodbye.