Did Manchester United really make a ‘mistake’ by allowing Pogba to leave?

Paul Pogba has finally left Manchester United after six modest seasons at Old Trafford. Goal understands that he is in talks with Juventus and a move to Turin is well on the agenda.

However, the midfielder has left a damning farewell message to his former employers and has vowed to show Manchester United that they “made a mistake” by allowing him to get a transfer to the free agency, leaving him wondering why him not previously offered a new contract.

Pogba’s second coming to United in 2016 saw him break transfer records with a £89million ($108million transfer), bagging two major trophies under Jose Mourinho in his debut campaign with the Red Devils, but ultimately struggled to find the form that would have allowed critics to win.

What has Pogba said about Man Utd?

Pogba said in his new Amazon Prime documentary: “My train of thought is to show Manchester (United) that they made a mistake by waiting to give me a contract.

“And to show other clubs that Manchester made a mistake by not offering me a contract.”

United tried to tie Pogba to a new deal in the summer of 2021, with improved terms, despite already raking in a pay package of £290,000 a week. However, the efforts yielded no results. But has Manchester United really made a ‘mistake’ by not renewing his contract? Let’s take a look at Pogba’s numbers over the six seasons he spent in England.

How did Pogba perform at Manchester United?

In his second stint at United, Pogba scored 90 goals in 226 games for an average of 194.35 minutes. The 2018-19 season was his most productive season, with 16 goals and 11 assists.

But in the past three seasons, his returns have plummeted and he was unable to reach double digits for goals scored or assists. In 2019-20 and 2021-22 he could even score just one goal, which is pretty bad by his own standards.

When Ralf Rangnick took over, Pogba was injured and would miss three months of action. He chose to do his rehabilitation in Dubai and the new manager preferred that he do his rehabilitation with the club. His last appearance in United colors was a gift to Liverpool, helping their arch-rivals open the scoring that would end in a 4-0 thrashing. Pogba, who was injured, did not inform the referee and United were caught taking a nap on a counterattack. The German manager chided him after the game, noting: “We were basically one player behind and still attacking high. He should have lay down or sit down but he tried to stumble behind the referee and tell him he was injured. used to be.”

Didn’t Manchester United managers unlock Pogba?

The case of Pogba is a typical example of the law of diminishing returns. He was at his best in the 2018-19 season and his form has gone south since then. However, it is often thought that Manchester United’s managers have also failed to get the best out of Pogba. He had been deployed in several positions on the pitch, which made things more complex for him. Former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even used him as a left midfielder in several matches, which clearly didn’t help matters as the Frenchman feels more comfortable in a pivotal role in advanced parts of the pitch.

He is another player for the French national team as he has someone like N’Golo Kanté to back him up who would do most of the dirty work and give him the freedom to maneuver in the attacking third. At United, Nemanja Matic was a shadow of his former Chelsea self, while Fred and Scott McTominay were quite inconsistent.

However, have United made a mistake in letting him leave? The numbers can help you come to a conclusion.

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