'His fate is completely sealed' - Former Man United star makes bold prediction for Paul Pogba's future
Paul Ince believes Paul Pogba will be sold by Manchester United in January, as he called on Old Trafford chiefs to back manager Jose Mourinho in his increasingly bitter battle with his star player.
Mourinho has confirmed that Pogba will not captain the club again while he is in charge after he questioned the tactics being used by his manager following last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Wolves.
Pogba was then involved in a frosty exchange with the France World Cup winner at the club's training ground on Wednesday, prompting former United midfielder Ince to urge executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to support Mourinho and off-load his troublesome record signing.
Barcelona have been strongly linked with a move for Pogba, with Paddy Power ambassador Ince warning it will set a dangerous precedent for the future of the club if the player emerges victorious from his power battle with Mourinho.
"I think his fate is completely sealed and he’ll be gone in January," declared Ince. "There’s talk of Mourinho going before him, but it would be a disgrace if Ed Woodward allowed that to happen. If you do that, you’re essentially allowing a player to become bigger than the manager and the rest of his team.
"It’s time for Woodward to step up and back Jose. If he tells him that he’s upsetting the dressing room and still not playing at the level he should be, then he needs to back the manager and let him go. Pogba has caused far more trouble than he has done good since returning to Man United.
"Not every player is going to like their manager all the time. It’s not about the dislike for each other, it’s about the fact you’re playing for a team and you should want to put that aside and win games.
"I said weeks ago that someone needed to put this situation to bed. No one is bigger than Manchester United, yet somehow Pogba thinks he is. There’s been an issue between them for a long time, and it’s been allowed to spiral out of control and get into the mess it’s in now."
Ince went on to suggest former United manager Alex Ferguson would not have allowed this Pogba spat to spiral out of control, as he argued the player is not performing well enough to justify the trouble he is causing.
"If Pogba was 10 out of 10 performer every week, playing out of his skin and consistently delivering, then perhaps he’d have more grounds to come out and disrespect his club, but he’s not," he added. "He’s letting his personal vendetta with Mourinho take over his game.
"There’s absolutely no chance this would have happened under Ferguson. He’d have had the situation dealt with weeks, even months ago. There’s no way that Man United can compete with Liverpool or Man City, or even win trophies, when they’ve got situations like this happening in the club.
"I can tell you what Fergie would’ve done, too. There’d have been a complete ban on Pogba speaking to all media. Because it’s obvious that he’s been feeding off the attention he’s been getting and that’s made it even worse.
"There’s not a chance in hell that he’d have allowed Pogba to speak to the press after that bad result against Wolves last week. Anything he does now is a media circus. "