Paul Pogba has been one of the most terrible businesses Manchester United ever did in the history of the club. The Frenchman is on the verge of leaving the Premier League club again and of course, he is leaving as a free agent for the second time in his football career.
The journey between Manchester United and Paul Pogba started on July 1, 2009, when the 29-year-old central midfielder joined the club’s youth system from a French youth team, Le Havre.
Between 2009 and 2011, Paul Pogba played in the club’s reserve team and failed to break into the club’s senior team despite how hard he tried.
In 2012, the France international grew so impatient with the development process he was subjected to at the club that he had to start looking for a way out of the club. Fortunately for him, Juventus showed interest in him and Manchester United agreed to let him go for free.
On August 3, 2012, Paul Pogba joined Juventus on a free transfer and became an instant hit at the club. While at Juventus, the Frenchman made 178 appearances in which he scored 34 goals and provided 40 assists.
Pogba’s goals, assists, and creativity in Juventus’ midfield helped the Italian giants to win four Italian Serie A titles, two Italian Cups, and two Italian Super Cups.
Paul Pogba was so good at Juventus that he won the club’s best player of the year award after the 2015-2016 season. He also won the Italian Seria best player of the year award at the end of the 2013-2014 season.
Pogba’s incredible form in Italy attracted the attention of Manchester United and the Premier League club became so desperate to bring him back to Old Trafford.
The fact that Juventus placed a €105 million price tag on him, did not discourage Manchester United from pursuing Pogba’s signature. Of course, on August 9, 2016, Pogba joined Manchester United for the second time in his football career after United had paid Juventus’ asking price.
Manchester United’s financial waste on Paul Pogba:
Since Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for a club’s transfer record fee of €105 million, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner has managed to score just 39 goals and provided 51 assists in 233 games in all competitions.
In terms of the number of titles the Frenchman has won, Pogba has helped Manchester United to win two league cups and one Europa League in the last five years which is not enough compared to the club’s huge financial investment.
Apart from the fact that Manchester United paid the sum of €105 million for the services of Pogba which used to be the highest transfer fee paid by a Premier League club on a player, the club has spent a lot on the player in terms of wages.
For instance, in the last five years, Manchester United have paid Pogba a whopping £75,400,000 through weekly wages alone. This is aside from bonuses and other incentives that come with being a Manchester United player.
Aside from that, Manchester United have spent millions in trying to keep Pogba fit due to the series of injuries he has suffered while playing for the Premier League club.
At the time of publishing this report, Pogba was battling a calf injury which is expected to keep him out of football until May 20, 2022. This means that his last game for United this season was the 4-0 defeat United suffered at the hands of Liverpool on April 19, 2022.
Before he sustained the calf injury, the Frenchman managed to play 27 games in all competitions in which he score a goal and provided 9 assists.
Due to his consistent injuries and inconsistent form, Manchester United fans booed him earlier in April. All things being equal, his reign at Manchester United will be over on June 30, 2022, and United will get nothing from his transfer again.
🚨 Paul Pogba’s set to leave Man United as free agent. Ralf Rangnick confirms: “As things stand, Pogba will NOT renew his contract with Manchester United”. 🔴 #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 22, 2022
“It's most likely that he won't be here anymore next season”, Rangnick added. @utdreport pic.twitter.com/M8Y9yjSfQN