Paul Pogba needs to leave Manchester United and a transfer away from the club would suit everyone involved, says their former defender Phil Neville.
The Frenchman’s agent Mino Raiola said on Monday the midfielder is “unhappy” and “needs to change teams”.
Pogba returned to Old Trafford for £89m in 2016 but has endured a turbulent second spell at the club.
“Ultimately, the inevitable is going to happen that Pogba has to leave United,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live.
Pogba came off the United bench and scored as they were eliminated from the Champions League with a 3-2 defeat by RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old has made only eight Premier League appearances this season, starting five, and scored his first league goal of the campaign on Saturday.
“The agent’s comments, to me, were pre-planned, pre-rehearsed – knowing when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was doing his press conference, knowing exactly the right words to use,” added Neville, referring to the fact Raiola’s comments emerged after Solskjaer had spoken to the media on Monday.
“When I read those comments I wasn’t surprised, it wasn’t a bombshell. Paul is not happy, he doesn’t look happy, he’s not playing to his full potential and hasn’t been for a long time.
“Ultimately, the inevitable is going to happen that Pogba has to leave United. The sooner you get rid of players like Pogba, players who don’t want to be there – in a dressing room that’s thinking about the long term with energy and that vision of maybe going to win something – you have to sieve out the weeds.
“At the moment Pogba needs to get out of that dressing room and that would suit everyone at United and Pogba as well.”
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