Paul Pogba will start as a substitute for Manchester United in their crucial do-or-die Champions League match against RB Leipzig.
The French midfielder has been back in the headlines in recent days after his agent Mino Raiola stunningly claimed his client’s time at United is coming to an end.
After Pogba scored the equaliser in United’s 3-1 victory over West Ham on Saturday it looked like all was well, and that the 27-year-old would be back in contention for regular starts in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after finding places in the first 11 hard to come by of late.
But the notorious Raiola gave a sensational interview on the eve of United’s massive match against Leipzig claiming Pogba’s time at Old Trafford will not last much longer.
He added: “Paul is unhappy. He is no longer able to express himself as he would like and as expected of him. He has to change teams; he has to change the air.
“He has a contract that will expire in a year and a half, but I think the best solution for the parties is to sell him in the next market.”
The most likely move for Pogba would appear to be a return to his former club Juventus.
And Raiola added: “Maybe Juventus could be Pogba’s next club… why not? The relationship between Paul, Juventus and former teammates is excellent.
“But with the Covid impact, many clubs can’t sign him. For sure, it’s time to leave Manchester United ”
Raiola’s comments were far from ideal preparation for United ahead of Tuesday’s match in Germany.
Solskjaer’s side need just a point to guarantee qualification to the Champions League knockout stages, but a defeat would see them crash out at the group stage phase.
And it remains to be seen if Pogba will be called upon off the bench, with the player not exactly in the good books of United fans at the moment.