According to his French compatriot Emmanuel Petit, Paul Pogba is clearly unhappy at Manchester United and has to go to resurrect his career.
The midfielder’s contract with United ends in the summer, and a renewal appears exceedingly improbable given his links to PSG, Real Madrid, and Juventus.
Pogba, who is set to make his comeback from a thigh injury in the coming weeks, has seldom lived up to his £89million price tag since returning to Old Trafford in 2016.
And France World Cup champion Petit believes Pogba’s best interests would be served by a transfer elsewhere.
‘I feel the relationship between Paul Pogba and Manchester United has been severed,’ he said to Bookmakers.com.
‘It is evident from his body language that he is unhappy. That is not something that requires expertise to comprehend.
‘Over the last several years, he has sustained a slew of injuries, and I feel the time has come for him to depart the club.
‘His future at Manchester United seems bleak. They also derive no advantage from a player who is plainly no longer driven.
‘Which means they must find a solution that works for both of them.’
It occurred as interim boss Ralf Rangnick believed Pogba will give his utmost to achieve a trade away from United between now and the end of the season.
‘By the way, my contract as manager expires in the summer,’ United’s interim manager explained before of Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Brentford.
‘We have the same objective. We all have the same goal of becoming as successful as possible over the next three or four months.
‘For me, it is irrelevant if a player’s contract is about to expire. The question is how much he wishes to remain a member of this club. How much emotional and physical energy does he still have on board?
‘As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba – now completely recovered from a two-and-a-half month injury – also want to show up?
‘He wants to demonstrate to Manchester United fans, the board, and the rest of the world what kind of player he is capable of being. Even if it’s just to demonstrate his worth in order to secure a new contract somewhere, he’ll be tremendously driven to do so.
‘However, why should I not play him? There is a distinction in how players respond to their current circumstances. If they manage things professionally, I will certainly play players whose contracts expire in the summer.’
United return to play on Saturday afternoon when they visit West Ham, albeit the match is likely to come too soon for Pogba.