Dwight Yorke believes Paul Pogba should STAY at Manchester United this summer despite reports claiming the £89m midfielder wants to leave Old Trafford.
It has been suggested Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, has run out of patience with Pogba after almost two years of inconsistent performances since his summer 2016 transfer from Juventus to the Red Devils.
The 25-year-old has never come close to being worth the £89m United paid for him, and Mourinho is ready to cut his losses this summer, with the pair’s relationship said to be deteriorating rapidly as the season progresses.
But Yorke, the former Old Trafford forward, wants Pogba to remain with Man United, feeling he still has a few years ahead of him to prove his worth to Mourinho’s side.
“No, I don’t think he should leave United,” Yorke told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.
“When you join United, you are under so much scrutiny, and if you underperform there are always people likely to criticise you – it’s just part and parcel of the game.
“He’s still in that development stage of 24 (sic), and he’ll embrace all this and understand he can’t just perform when he feels like.”
Though Pogba has shown flashes of a world class talent since his arrival in Manchester, he has never come close to matching the performances he put in while wearing the famous black and white stripes of Juventus.
The France international was the subject of multiple highlight reels back in those days, and Yorke feels Pogba is struggling under Mourinho as he is a ‘showman’ who is not allowed to express himself.
Yorke continued: “I don’t think he goes out there deliberately trying not to perform, I just think he’s not been able to express himself.
“It’s all about character, and understanding the character of the people you have brought to the football club.
He’s a showman, Paul Pogba, and a great guy – you can’t take that away from him because that is his personality and he likes to express himself.
“I feel at times he has been restricted – defensively he has to contribute to the team, and it’s not just about Paul Pogba, it is about the team – but when it comes to the character of the person, Pogba is an entertainer.
“He wants to entertain, and sometimes he is not allowed to do that.”