In a world that has plenty of surprises, I think it would be a big
shock if #Paul Pogba decided to stay at #Manchester #United.
The 28-year-old #midfielder has less than 12 months remaining on
his current #contract and on the face of things, you’d have to
question why he’d want to extend his stay at Old #Trafford.
Pogba has caused a split in the United fanbase regarding his
performances. Whilst a lot of people recognise his world-class
talents, there is still a question mark over him. Some believe he
doesn’t put in consistent #performances to warrant a place of
legendary status at the club.
I think it speaks volumes that Pogba has been at United since #2016
and still, there isn’t an individual chant for him from the Old
#Trafford #crowd. When you consider that Bruno Fernandes has one,
and he’s been here for just over a year and a half, it’s quite #telling.
Personally, I think Pogba is a great player, but do I think he’s worth
the hassle he brings? Of course, it’s not his own fault, but I feel
United would be better off having a player who causes no
#controversy. Otherwise, it just means people start to #question your
loyalty to the #club.
There’s been plenty of talk regarding who would move for Pogba
and if United are to get any sort of money for him, they’d have to
make a sale in the #January transfer #window.
Another big talking point that comes with a #Pogba sale would be
around who United would replace him with, but, based on who’ve
they’ve tried to sign in the recent past, I think they’ve already
#identified the perfect #candidate.
The man in question is Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.
18-year-old Bellingham is one of the biggest talents in world
football and plays as a box-to-box midfielder for both club and
He’s been recently receiving plaudits once again after putting in a
phenomenal performance in England’s 10-0 victory over San
Marino. Bellingham maintained a passing accuracy of 93 percent,
completed three successful dribbles, made two interceptions and
even scored a goal, which was unfortunately ruled out by VAR.
His performance impressed so many people and even Roy Keane
was full of praise for him, labelling Bellingham as a ‘strong,
When Speaking about Bellingham’s chances of making the 2022
World Cup, Keane said: “Absolutely, he has got a great chance.
“He is playing week in and week out for a top club and the potential
for this kid, it is scary.
“I saw him recently in a Champions League game for Dortmund
and he was producing passes that I didn’t think he had in his locker
“We are not seeing him week in week out, only the Champions
League games but the potential for this boy…
“He is a good size and he looks like a footballer, a strong powerful
“#Gareth (#Southgate, #England #manager) must be rubbing his
United know all about Bellingham’s potential, having tried to sign
him from Birmingham City in #2020.
Bellingham was taking on a tour around United’s training #facilities
alongside his family and was even greeted by Sir Alex Ferguson,
who was brought in to persuade the youngster to join the #club.
It was a race between and Dortmund for his signature, but
eventually, #Bellingham chose a move to #Germany, where he
thought he’d get more game time – a crucial element to any
decision-making for a teenager.
There’s no doubt that United will be in for Bellingham at the next
available opportunity, but will have to move quickly as he’s being
eyed up by a host of clubs around the world.
He won’t be cheap either. According to an article from BILD,
Dortmund has slapped a £101m price tag on the youngster, to try
and fend off interest.
In my mind, he will be the preferred replacement for Pogba if he
leaves Old Trafford, but even if he doesn’t, United will be fools to
not make a move.
Will they do it? Time will tell, but they’ll regret not signing him if
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