Man United miss out on Champions League
Paul Pogba is determined to leave Manchester United this summer, according to the Evening Standard.
One of the reasons Pogba may want to leave Old Trafford is due to United’s league position.
After going on a 13-match unbeaten run in the league earlier in the season, under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it looked as though United may finish in a Champions League place.
However, largely since Solskjaer was named the club’s permanent manager, United’s form has been awful.
Their last five league outings have seen them pick up just one win.
As a result, they have failed to qualify for next year’s UCL and will instead be playing Europa League football.
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“We gave ourselves hope we could make it but we’ve not been able to capitalise. Of course everyone is disappointed and you could say we lost the opportunity today, but that’s the not the case, it’s been all through the season that it’s not been good enough.” – Ole reacts to the Reds missing out on top four. #MUFC
Pogba wants out of Old Trafford
With Real Madrid seemingly the main club interested in Pogba, it may be quite hard to keep hold of him due to Los Blancos being able to offer the midfielder Champions League football.
Also, after United failed to qualify for the Champions League, the full squad reportedly had to take a 25% pay cut, another point that may factor into Pogba wanting to leave.
The Standard’s report on Pogba leaving does mention the Champions League as a factor. However, it primarily focuses on issues from earlier in the season.
When Jose Mourinho was in charge at United, he stripped Pogba of the captain’s armband after two games of the 2018/19 season.
Mourinho would also bench Pogba in key games versus the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.
It is these problems that the Standard cites as the main reason for Pogba wanting to leave.