Paul Pogba’s misery at Manchester United continues with seven-figure payout | Soccer | sport
Paul Pogba’s misery at Manchester United is set to continue through June as the 13-time Premier League champions are reportedly handing the France international another lavish salary of over £1million before expiration of his contract at the end of the month. United have confirmed that Pogba will end his career at Old Trafford this summer.
The Red Devils paid a club-record £89million to sign Pogba for the second time in 2016, four years after he went on a free-to-sign deal for Juventus. And there was huge excitement at Old Trafford when the club landed a player who has been touted as one of the best midfielders in the world.
Over the past six years, Pogba has shown glimpses of his genius. But he was underwhelmed for much of his United career and was criticized by a range of pundits for his lackluster performances.
After being sent off against Liverpool in the Premier League last October, the 29-year-old has started just nine more top games for his current employers. He started in the Red Devils’ FA Cup fourth round defeat to Championship sides Middlesbrough in early February but could only find a place on the bench for the second leg of the Champions League deciding round of 16 of his team with Atletico Madrid while United was. eliminated from competition in March.
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“It was a low-key end to a United career which had brought so many individual highlights, so many fine goals, assists and skill,” United wrote in a statement on Wednesday as they announced the departure of the blockbuster star, who has been tipped to join Paris Saint-Germain or return to Juventus.
“But for a lad who joined the academy at 16 to make over 200 United appearances and lift the Youth Cup, as well as two major pieces of silverware – not to mention the World Cup at international level – it is something that should be applauded and celebrated.
“Everyone at the club would like to congratulate Paul on his brilliant career and thank him for his contribution to Manchester United. We wish him all the best as he continues on a remarkable journey.
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