Man Utd: Pogba hones skills amid exit talk
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba may have asked Jack Grealish to join the Red Devils after Friday’s match against Aston Villa at Old Trafford – with the caveat that he himself may be leaving the club. That was the suggestion of former England strikers and Match of the Day duo Gary Lineker and Ian Wright on Saturday.
Pogba helped United move to level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Villa.
The Frenchman won a controversial penalty, which was dispatched by Bruno Fernandes, to continue the fine form of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Pogba and Villa captain Grealish were seen in conversation after the match as the players headed off the pitch.
And Lineker joked the United star was attempting to lure Grealish to join the club, even if he leaves himself this summer.
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Lineker said: “There he is saying to Jack ‘come and join Man United next season. I might not be here’.”
Arsenal legend Wright joined in, saying: “‘I might not be here but come and join us’.”
Grealish has been a target of United in recent windows and has been in fine form under Dean Smith this season.
Pogba, meanwhile, sees his contract at Old Trafford expire in the summer of 2022, with the 27-year-old repeatedly linked with a move away from the club for a second time.
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Wright was impressed with Pogba’s performance on Friday and says he is starting to return to his best form after spending time out of the starting XI in recent months.
“Yes [he is back to his best] and you know, with all the stuff that’s happened with him he’s getting it right on the pitch,” Wright said.
“He’s put it all to the side and to be honest he’s putting in good performances. He was unlucky there [not to score against Villa] but I thought with his ability he should have scored.
“Great touch, great play, great awareness, great skill. He’s getting everyone playing and that’s what he does.
“He was everywhere. He was in his own box, he was up there in their box, he was doing everything today.
“That’s what he can do with his creativity. you give him this much time when you have willing runners like Marcus Rashford….that is just fantastic.
“A super, super pass. I’d love to have someone like that.”
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