Rio Ferdinand has opened up about Manchester United’s impending decision to let Paul Pogba go on a free transfer after he was signed for a club-record fee of £89million in 2016
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The Red Devils will say goodbye to the 29-year-old once his contract expires in Junealthough he played a club-record £89m for his services in 2016.
However, Pogba, who was first sacked by the 20-time English champions in 2012 after leaving the club’s academy, will not only leave, Edinson Cavani and Jess Lingard Even big earners are on course to leave Old Trafford at the end of the term after seeing their own businesses are running out.
Ex-United star Ferdinand, who was himself sacked on a free transfer eight years ago after signing for a club-record fee in 2002, has claimed his old employers had their “pants pulled down” by Pogba.
Unlike his situation where he was sidelined in 2014 in favor of up-and-coming defenders, the No.6 remains a key player for the interim manager Ralph Rangnikbut was criticized by fans along with several teammates for a lack of combat.
When told that picking players to leave before the new season starts is risky because they “don’t care,” Ferdinand replied on his YouTube channel: FIVEby stating: “That’s because I think business at the club has been done poorly.
“I don’t think we should allow players to get to that stage of their contracts, I don’t think it should happen.
“If anyone likes Mark [Rashford]like Pogba you want to keep these players if they are playing well if you have the desire to keep them finish it and dust it off.
“Economically it’s absolutely criminal to let someone go when you’ve spent £80m-90m coming in and going, plus salary going on a free transfer. Twice. He pulled our pants down twice. Unbelievable.”
While Rashford has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2023 and there is an option to extend his contract for another year, Pogba will sign with a new club in the summer. Recently, the Frenchman has been represented by super agents Mino Raiolavented his frustration as he discussed a disappointing second term with United that hasn’t announced any major trophies.
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Talking to a Paris-based outlet Le figaroPogba explained: “You have to be honest, the last five seasons have not satisfied me – really not at all.
“It’s dead this year, we’re not going to win anything. Whether it’s at Manchester United or any other club, I want to win trophies.”
The midfielder lamented his role at his club, adding: “It’s easy with FranceI play and I play in my position – I know my role and I feel the confidence of the coach and the players.
“It’s normal to feel a difference at Manchester United because it’s difficult to stay consistent when you often change your position, team system or partners.
“I get along very well [Les Blues boss Didier Deschamps ], he gave me a role i know but at manchester united do i really have a role? I’m asking the question but I don’t have an answer.” While the prospect of staying at Manchester hasn’t been completely ruled out by Pogba, the former club juventus, Paris St Germain and real Madrid are reportedly on the hunt for his signature.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/rio-ferdinand-manutd-transfer-pogba-26625472 "We pulled our pants down!" - Rio Ferdinand slams Man Utd's 'absolutely criminal' decision