Monday 15 July 2019

Gary Neville gives his verdict on Paul Pogba's future as he offers a transfer warning to Manchester United

Paul Pogba has been the subject of criticism (Martin Rickett/PA)
Paul Pogba has been the subject of criticism (Martin Rickett/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Gary Neville has suggested Manchester United should only keep Paul Pogba if the French World Cup winner is fully committed to the club.

Pogba has gone public in his claim that he would like a fresh challenge just three years after he started his second spell at United, with Real Madrid and Juventus strongly linked with a move to sign the 26-year-old midfielder.

While he stopped short of suggesting United should try and keep Pogba, Neville told Sky Sports that he should be allowed to depart if his commitment to the club has waned.

"First of all, they don't have to keep any player," he told Sky Sports. "Manchester United are a better team when Paul Pogba plays but if players don't want to be at the club - that doesn't mean Pogba, he may want to be at the club - you have to get everybody onside and aligned with where you're going.

"Ultimately, that's the first thing Ole had to do - to work out who was going to be ready for the club moving forward. I'm still unsure about many players. I see the speculation on Sky Sports News and online and it looks like it could be moving all the time. You've got to get players in before you let them go because being armed with the money makes you vulnerable."

Neville also warned United face a big battle to sign their top transfer targets this summer, as he believes they may struggle to sign reported targets such as Leicester's Harry Maguire and Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen.

"Everyone knows Manchester United want players and price tags will go up," he added. "You've got to try and encourage players to come to the club. Players don't just jump to sign for any club - they do their homework and get their agents to get to work.

"They probably have 50 meetings before they sign for a club nowadays. Manchester United will be in the pit with the rest of the sharks looking for the big signings. It's difficult for all clubs they all want the same players. They all want Harry Maguire, every single club wants him. Everybody wants Christian Eriksen.

"Players that are being bandied about, there are four or five clubs in for them. They aren't just going to sign for the first club, they'll choose wisely and look at the different aspects. Manchester United have got a big job to do in order to get a squad right for a championship challenge. Hopefully that'll start this summer but it's not just bringing players in, it's about getting some out.

"For United, it's all about timing and manipulating and manoeuvring to a point where they know they're going to get players in before letting some go. Otherwise, they'll become very easy to target in terms of people bumping the money up, which I'm sure they are already. It's difficult to do business, it's not easy."

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