Manchester United stance on meeting Paul Pogba’s massive wage demands explained

Man Utd: Solskjaer praises match-winner Pogba

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Manchester United are ‘highly unlikely’ to meet Paul Pogba’s massive wage demands, according to reports. The France international’s time at Old Trafford is winding down with his current deal expiring next summer. And whether he stays with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side remains to be seen.

Manchester United brought Pogba back to the club from Juventus back in the summer transfer window of 2016.

And though there have been times where the 27-year-old has struggled, he’s now producing some of the best form of his career.

His time with the club is currently ticking down, however, with Pogba’s current deal expiring next summer.

It’s been claimed the 2018 World Cup winner wants a salary of £500,000-a-week in order to stay at Old Trafford, a wage that would make him one of the best-paid players in football history.

Yet the Daily Star say it’s ‘highly unlikely’ that United will meet Pogba’s dizzying demand.

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And, consequently, the report suggests Pogba will instead look to wind his contract down with the club for a second time.

He riled Sir Alex Ferguson by doing that back in 2012, eventually leaving for Juventus.

And it seems as though United may now lose Pogba for nothing again, something that’s unlikely to please club chiefs.

Should that happen, it’s possible United will make a move for West Ham star Declan Rice.

The Hammers star has been in fine form this season, helping David Moyes’ side challenge for a spot in next season’s Champions League.

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United could use Jesse Lingard as bait, while it’s also been reported that Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic are also on Moyes’ radar at the current moment in time.

And how that transfer saga plays out is something only time will tell.

Meanwhile, Pogba recently announced he would be the star of a new Amazon documentary, giving fans an insight into his life.

Solskjaer doesn’t think that will be a distraction, though, insisting the France international is entitled to maximise his career prospects.

“Paul has been in the spotlight ever since he started at Man United, so I don’t see a problem with it,” the Norwegian said.

“Paul’s main focus is to get as much out of his career as possible.

“He wants to be the best player he can be and he wants to win as many trophies as possible.

“He has already won the World Cup and I can see his focus now is all about winning and playing the best possible football that he can.

“I know his personality. He is so lively. He gets energy from making people happy. But his main focus will always be to win football games for us.”

Pogba recently hailed Solskjaer, comparing his current boss with old manager Jose Mourinho.

“What I have now with Ole is different because he wouldn’t go against the players,” said the midfielder, who fell out with Mourinho prior to the 58-year-old’s sacking nearly three years ago.

“It’s not like you put them on the side and they don’t exist any more. I think that’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.

“Once I had a great relationship with Mourinho. Everybody sees that and the next day you don’t know what happened.

“That’s the strange thing I had with Mourinho. And I cannot explain to you because, even me, I don’t know.”

Pogba could feature when United lock horns with Burnley today (4.30pm).

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