08 Th2 2022 | 06:24
Paul Pogba will cost Man Utd a total of £ 179.6 million, including transfer fees and wages at the time his contract with the Red Devils expires in June. When you analyze it from a financial perspective since Pogba returned to Man Utd in 2016 for £89.1m, it’s not a wise amount.
The French midfielder has 213 appearances for the Red Devils, so they pay £84,319.25 thousand per game and with 38 goals Pogba has scored since returning to Old Trafford, the American owners have to spend nearly 5 million pounds for each of his goals. In return, Pogba helped Man Utd get two titles, the Carabao Cup and the Europa League in 2017.
If the 28-year-old helps Man Utd win the Premier League or Champions League, the £290,000/week salary could be well worth it. But when he is entering the last 6 months of his contract and the club’s performance is still not outstanding, it is a bad deal for the Red Devils.
Of course, Pogba is not entirely to blame for not finding the best version at Man Utd. Since 2016, Man Utd have barely built a team around Pogba, capable of competing for the biggest trophies. The two (defensively inclined) midfielders the club have signed since Pogba’s arrival are Nemanja Matic and Fred. Meanwhile, with the midfielders tending to attack, they only added Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek.
With Bruno, they seem to have a successful contract, but Matic, Fred or Van De Beek are certainly not players with the necessary qualities to elevate the team.
During the same period, Liverpool added Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara to midfield. Manchester City signed Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Jack Grealish and promoted Phil Foden to the first team. Compare those additions with the Red Devils and it’s easy to see the big gap in quality between the big teams and me. If Pogba had played with players of similar caliber to him, the situation could have been very different after six years.
Between now and the end of the season, Pogba will have 16 Premier League matches – starting with Tuesday’s clash with Burnley. And if all goes well, Pogba will have seven more Champions League matches to prove his worth.
82 minutes on the pitch against Middlesbrough opened up a positive view of Pogba. He can hold the ball, switch from defense to attack. The 4-3-3 formation is also set up to help Pogba get the best playing inspiration. Let’s wait and see, without renewing with Man Utd, whether he can leave a legacy of the Champions League trophy for this team.