Ralf Rangnick’s comments to Paul Pogba suggest a ruthless decision

One of Ralf Rangnick’s tasks at Manchester United will be to solve the Paul Pogba riddle.

Pogba has been at United for five and a half years and has had only brief, fleeting success.

Now out of injury until 2022, Pogba could have played his last game for the club where his contract expired.

Ralf Rangnick’s comments to Paul Pogba suggest a ruthless decision
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The transfer window gives United a chance to sell the Frenchman. He could be asked to commit and sign a new deal, or simply leave the club on a free transfer.

With Ralf Rangnick set to be appointed interim manager, The Athletic report, it looks more likely that Pogba will be allowed to leave, one way or another.

Probably ruthless decision on Pogba

Rangnick was quoted in 2017 as saying Pogba did not fit into his style of play.

He told Goal that he had a player who suited his team better, one who has since performed poorly in England, Liverpool’s Naby Keita.

Rangnick said he “would not trade Keita for Pogba for our style of play.”

This suggests that Rangnick does not rate Pogba as a suitable player for his high-pressure football style. Having seen the Frenchman at United over the last five years, it is not surprising.

Now it is possible that with Pogba at his disposal, Rangnick can either adapt his tactics to suit the Frenchman and make use of his talents, or spend time training the midfielder to develop him.

But given Rangnick’s short-term immediate role and his outlook on the future, where Pogba’s contract expires, there does not appear to be a temporary solution on the pitch.

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Rangnick’s appointment is solely about laying the groundwork for future success, and with Pogba not committing to United and not seemingly fitting in with the manager’s system, a separation of paths seems more and more likely.

A bold decision to move on from Pogba would be ruthless, but it would also solve the dilemma and create clean slate for the next permanent manager, while potentially bringing some funds into January.

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