Paul Pogba set to be handed new and vastly improved Manchester United contract

Manchester United are ready to hand Paul Pogba a new and improved contract to stay at the club until 2024 after reintegrating into the first team impressively since the coronavirus hiatus.

The Frenchman missed a substantial amount of the first half of the season with a recurring ankle injury, but has re-established his place in the first team since the return of Premier League football in June,

Pogba has forged an encouraging partnership in midfield with Bruno Fernandes, with the pair being anchored by either Nemanja Matic, Fred or Scott McTominay in what looks to be the plan for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield three next season.

United are keen to make Pogba and Fernandes the heart of their side for years to come, as Pogba is set to be offered a new deal that keeps him at Old Trafford until 2024, reports the Daily Star.

Pogba’s current contract expires next summer, although the club have an option to extend it by a year, which is why there is little or no panic about selling him during this transfer window.

The proposed new contract would extend his stay to 2024 and increase his wages from the current £150,000-a-week to at least £225,000-a-week.

Former Manchester United striker, and friend of Pogba, Louis Saha feels the arrival of Fernandes in January has given Pogba fresh motivation after looking likely to leave this summer.

‘I think Paul Pogba has been given a new lease of life now that Manchester United has signed Bruno Fernandes,’ said Saha.

‘Pogba is very motivated by Fernandes and having him in the midfield next to him has given him more freedom and far more options on the ball.

‘He has also benefited massively by now being able to share the spotlight with Fernandes, both when Manchester United are playing well, but more importantly when they have a bad result too.

‘The scrutiny on Paul Pogba was relentless and he was always to blame for a poor Manchester United performance, it was very unfair and fortunately there is now someone else to help shoulder that responsibility.

‘Pogba had become tired of being crucified every time Manchester United had a poor game.

‘But I think he is happy now and I hope he will sign a new contract because he is a world class player.’

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