Date published: Monday 15th June 2020 2:51
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has backed Paul Pogba to stay at Old Trafford, for the benefit of both club and player.
Pogba has not quite lived up to expectations since re-joining United from Juventus in 2016. The most expensive signing of all-time upon his return, he has not been as consistent as many would have expected.
With his attitude also questioned, rumours have emerged of a potential departure for Pogba. The midfielder has been linked with a return to Juventus, while Real Madrid have also been suggested as a potential suitor.
However, Bosnich – who himself had two spells with United – insists that the Frenchman should stay at Old Trafford, as he would be “near impossible” to replace.
“I know there’s been a very big difference of opinion on Paul Pogba. He’s been very divisive,” Bosnich told Sky Sports.
“But if you just step back a little bit and take everything out of the equation, you’re talking about pure football ability… First and foremost, for any club who are thinking about getting rid of one of their best players, the first question you must ask yourself is: Who are you going to replace him with?
“Now, someone like Paul Pogba, that’s near impossible. He is one of the best players in the world. We’ve seen what he can do.
“Okay, Manchester United fans and people alike in the media have obviously called for more consistency. Yeah, that’s understandable.
“But I really do think with the addition of [Bruno] Fernandes, and the fact that he’s seen a genuine direction put forward by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…”
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“I also think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has handled the situation very, very well,” Bosnich continued. “There seems to be a different type of enthusiasm from all the players and people at the club, in terms of being part of what’s going to go on.
“It’s a very good feeling and like I said, I really do think that if he’s fully fit, and he’s played in the right way – which I believe he will be – then he should stay.
“And I think it’d be fantastic not just for Manchester United but for the player himself. I think that would be far better, for sure.
“If you look down their spine and the players they’ve got, he’s an integral part of that. And coming back to the original thing that I said as well – if you’re going to go replace him, with who? And how much is it going to cost?
“That’s what you’ve really got to ask yourself if you are to think that way. But I’d love to see him stay and hopefully he will.”