‘They need to shift on from him now’: Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes the club should SELL Paul Pogba in the summer, insisting he’s been a ‘bad fit all round’
- Paul Pogba has played twice since September due to problems with his ankle
- The Manchester United midfielder should be sold, according to Paul Parker
- The former defender also says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be given time
- United are fifth in the Premier League, three points off Chelsea in fourth
Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker believes it is time the club cut their losses on Paul Pogba, saying the Frenchman has been ‘poor in all aspects’ since his £89m arrival in 2016.
Pogba has played just twice since September amid a series of ankle problems and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed last week the World Cup winner was not ‘anywhere near’ a return to first-team training.
Given the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in the centre of the park, as well as the baggage and rumours associated with the Pogba brand, Parker says it is time he moved on, comparing the situation to Romelu Lukaku’s departure last summer.
Paul Pogba has only played twice since September for Man Utd due to problems with his ankle
Former United defender Paul Parker believes the club should sell Pogba in the summer window
Statistics in all competitions according to Transfermarkt
‘At this moment in time, he is bad for Manchester United,’ Parker, who played for the club from 1991-1996, told Sportsmail.
‘He’s bringing too much negativity to the club. His quality is incredible, but he’s averaged about one performance in 10, that’s how bad he’s been.
‘I think they need to shift on from him now, I see any comeback now as being very, very difficult. He’s been a bad fit all round.
‘When you see Lukaku now scoring loads of goals, he had to leave because he was affecting the club and the dressing room – it was the right decision.
‘Pogba’s agent says he sees Juventus as his home. He left his home for a package holiday, the package was the big package and now he wants to return – that’s what it seems like’.
Despite two wins in the Premier League since the winter break, United are three points outside the top-four in what has been a topsy-turvy season so far.
Impressive feats such as completing the double over fourth-placed Chelsea and beating Manchester City at the Etihad twice have been coupled with underwhelming defeats against lowly Burnley, Watford and Bournemouth.
Harry Maguire celebrates after scoring against Chelsea as they win at Stamford Bridge
The dismay on Maguire and Nemanja Matic’s face told the story when United lost to Burnley
‘There’s been a lot more lowlights than highlights,’ Parker continued, speaking on behalf of the Racing Post.
‘I put it down to the unstable running of the football club. Everything from above has been massively negative, which is reflected on the pitch.
‘They’ve been signing the wrong players, not as footballers but as men, mentality-wise. Prior to Ole Gunnar taking over, there were some terrible signings.’
On Solskjaer though, Parker believes the Norwegian deserves an opportunity in the short-term to rebuild, and cannot fathom why Chelsea manager Frank Lampard does not receive the same amount of criticism as his United counterpart.
‘The moment you bring in someone who is very inexperienced, they get absolutely persecuted,’ said Parker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced criticism but his side are just three points off the top-four
‘For Ole Gunnar, everything has to be right. He has the biggest rucksack in the world.
‘Just let him do this job with the tools he’s got. When he came in, the club were in a bad state. There were a lot of scars there from the previous regime, and he built bridges that were broken from the previous manager [Jose Mourinho].
‘Frank at Chelsea can say he uses young players and no one wants to close the door on him, it’s strange really.’
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