Paul Pogba ‘now leaning towards STAY at Man United…’ with the midfielder having serious reservations after Saturday’s Ronaldo-inspired win against Newcastle at a frenzied Old Trafford
- Paul Pogba has less than 12 months left on his Manchester United deal
- He provided two assists as a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired side beat Newcastle
- And The Athletic claim Saturday’s events had a positive effect on Pogba
- Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have been linked with moves
Paul Pogba is now leaning towards a stay at Manchester United, with talks to extend his current deal expected to take place in due course, according to reports.
The 28-year-old has less than 12 months left on his current contract, which has led to fears that the World Cup winner could leave Old Trafford on a free transfer next summer.
But The athletic claim United’s 4-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday has had a significant impact on his thinking about his future and that he can now stay with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.
Paul Pogba now leaning towards a stay at Manchester United, according to reports
Saturday’s win against United, in which Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) scored twice, is said to have positively influenced the midfielder’s thinking about his future.
Pogba took his tally to seven assists in four games after setting up Jesse Lingard (left)
Pogba took his tally this season to seven in just four top-flight games after putting down Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard for their goals against Steve Bruce’s men.
But the day was for Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored on either side of half-time to give United the lead twice on his second debut at Old Trafford.
The Athletic claim Ronaldo’s return and Saturday’s events have had a significant positive impact on Pogba, with the feeling that a midfielder’s stay at the club is becoming a real possibility.
After Newcastle’s win, the Norwegian said: “Cristiano lifts everyone up, he makes sure everyone is so focused when he is in and around the place, he makes demands on himself, which will then make demands on his teammates and it makes demands to us .
But the day was for Ronaldo, who marked his second Man United debut with a brace
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about the impact of Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford
That’s why he’s done so much in his career. He’s been so disciplined.
“We knew he’s evolved, he’s evolved as a player, he’s a different type of player now compared to what he was when he left, but he’s still a ruthless and clinical goalscorer.
“He smells the big moments, he feels when there is a goal in it.”
United are reportedly remaining realistic about the situation, however, and have drawn up a possible list of replacements in case Pogba decides his future ultimately lies elsewhere.
And while talks are expected to resume in the near future, the France international will be able to speak with foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement if he has not signed new terms by then.
Pogba’s decision is also likely to be shaped by United’s success this season, how new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane fare in their first season in the Premier League, the club’s long-term vision and offers – if any – who arrive before him.
The success of signings like Raphael Varane (left) and Jadon Sancho (right) will also have an impact on Pogba’s thinking
Reports earlier this month claimed Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid is in pole position over Pogba . to contract
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Pogba’s former club Juventus have all been linked with the Frenchman’s moves in the past 12 months.
Reports earlier this month suggested the Spanish giants are in pole position – ahead of their Italian and French counterparts – to sign the Frenchman, and some rumors suggest a move to Bernabeu is his dream transfer.
Ronaldo joined from Juventus from Serie A giants in 2016 for a fee of £89 million and has scored 38 goals in 203 appearances since his return.
However, his focus on an individual level this season will break the Premier League record for one season.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and current Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne currently hold the record 20 together, with Pogba almost halfway through with 34 games left of the league season.