Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has admitted that he has concerns over Paul Pogba‘s long-term future at Old Trafford.
Pogba has been in outstanding form for United since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as head coach in December, inspiring the Red Devils to 11 wins from their last 14 matches in all competitions.
The 25-year-old continues to be linked with a return to Juventus, though, and Neville has claimed that the presence of his agent, Mino Raiola, means that the midfielder’s long-term future is uncertain.
“To be bang honest on Pogba, for two years, for £95m he gave United nowhere near enough in terms of performance levels and contribution,” Neville told Sky Sports News. “In the last two or three months he’s playing like the player that, to be fair, was bought for £95m. And he’s an outstanding player when he is playing like he is doing at the moment.
“If he plays for Manchester United for the next five years at the levels he’s playing now, there will be no one happier than us two [Neville and fellow pundit Nemanja Vidic] watching him out there because he’s absolutely outstanding.
“But in the back of my mind, the problems that we witnessed in the first two years will emanate again at some point. Because I think his agent will be in to him, he’ll be wanting his little move away, he’ll be wanting his next pay-off and that’s my problem with it. His commitment to the club has got to be long-term.
“My personal view is his agent will be in to him in the next transfer window or two or three and be saying to him ‘come on, we need to get over to there now. I need to get over to there.’ And that’s my worry with him. Can he be trusted for the long term at the club? We trust him at the moment. Can we trust him for the long term?”
Pogba has scored 14 times and registered 10 assists in 33 appearances for United this season.
However, the Frenchman could not inspire his team to a win over Liverpool on Sunday, with the two teams playing out a goalless draw at Old Trafford.