Ralf Rangnick delivers hard-nosed message to Paul Pogba with Man Utd future in balance


Manchester United are facing some big exits over the next six months with Paul Pogba out of contract at the end of the season while Mino Raiola has talked up his future

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Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has come down hard on Paul Pogba as speculation over his future at Manchester United reared up again.

The France international will see his contract expire at the end of the season and there has been no update on his future.

Mino Raiola has spoken out on his client and admitted that the 28-year-old could end up staying at United.

Much will depend on how Rangnick influences matters at the club after a miserable end to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign that had multiple players looking at the exit door.

For years now, talk of Pogba leaving Old Trafford has dominated with many fans worried that he could leave the club in the lurch.

But that opinion appears to have shifted and the feeling is now more of apathy while Rangnick has insisted his duties do not include convincing players to stay at United.

“I wouldn’t say he is not worth keeping but players need to want to stay and play for the club,” said the German coach.

“If a player doesn’t want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long term, I don’t think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.

“This is such a massive club, with fantastic support, I don’t think anyone at the club should try to convince a player to stay.

“Let’s have him come back, get fully fit and training with the team, then we will see where we stand.”

Pogba has been missing for seven matches through a thigh injury that he suffered on international duty with France.

The fact that United have looked like they would not miss him could be the biggest indicator that he could call it quits on his five years at the club.

There have been long-term suitors who could speak to the World Cup winner, including Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

“I have to get to know him. I have to speak to him. It is about being fully physically fit. The way we want to play is high intensity,” Rangnick added.

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“It will take some time for him to get fully fit. Once he is fully fit, I see him as a midfielder rather than a striker or a left winger.

“The only thing of interest to me is how do we get him fully fit.

“He can be an important player, I am fully aware of that. But that is true for all the players. I am not only the coach of Paul Pogba. I am also the coach of all the other players.”

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