May 13, 2021

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Gary Neville sends message to Paul Pogba over his Manchester United future

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Paul Pogba has just over a year to run on his deal (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Paul Pogba could be persuaded to stay at Old Trafford this summer thanks to the side’s progress in recent months.

Mino Raiola revealed in December that Pogba was ‘unhappy’ at the Theatre of Dreams and he advised United to sell him this summer, before his contract expires in 2022.

Coincidentally, Raiola’s comments coincided with some of Pogba’s best form in a United shirt since his return from Juventus in 2016 and the Frenchman appears happier than at any point in the last five years.

Pogba was at his scintillating best as United tightened their grip on second place with a fine 3-1 win against Spurs on Sunday, with the midfielder playing in Mason Greenwood in injury time to wrap up the victory.

Neville can see Pogba staying at United (Picture: Sky Sports)

With the economic downturn affecting clubs across the globe, few could afford to match United’s reported £75m asking price for Pogba.

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And Neville believes that the posssibility of Pogba signing a new deal at the club have increased in recent months, as he can see the progress being made around him.

Asked if Pogba could stay at United beyond the end of the season, Neville told Sky Sports: ‘I would have said ‘No definitely not’ six months ago but I think if you’re Paul Pogba and you’re looking around this Manchester United team he might just think Fernandes, Greenwood, Rashford, Henderson in net, a decent back four building that are two or three more players away.

‘He might just think he’s better off staying where he is. He’s playing better. there’s definitely been times where he’s looked like he wants to get away.

‘I’m not seeing that at the moment – he’s playing like he wants to stay at Manchester United.

‘His influence in this second half [against Tottenham] has been good. He’s not phased by big games, he needs them. He wants to play in Champions League finals and Premier League-winning teams.’

United are yet to hold contract talks with Pogba but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep the midfielder.

Pogba, for his part, says he will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future with the Red Devils.

‘We’ve got a good open dialogue with Paul so what we talk about and how we see that situation remains between us,’ said Solskjaer in February.

‘I’m just happy he’s focused and playing really well. He’s happy within himself and that’s important: you can see Paul enjoying football himself with a red shirt on.

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‘Our conversations remain private, of course. But for example, Paul is a Manchester United player through and through. He’s been here in two spells. He came as a kid, he’s learnt about the history of the club, the passion of the club. 

‘He wants to do the best for United when he’s here and I think we’ve seen that – that he really cares for his team and he’s trying to be as successful as everyone else.’

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