Paul Pogba Committed to Manchester United Amid Real Madrid Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2018

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Paul Pogba of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on February 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Paul Pogba is reportedly "committed to working through any differences of opinion with Jose Mourinho" at Manchester United amid reports he "regrets" rejoining the club and talk of a summer move to Real Madrid.

According to the Daily Telegraph's James Ducker, there has not been a "full-scale breakdown in relations" between the player and his manager, despite the former being played out of his preferred position and the latter's unhappiness with the level of Pogba's recent performances.

Mourinho still believes Pogba is vital to the Red Devils, while the player's agent, Mino Raiola, was surprised at questions about whether the France international could depart Old Trafford amid talk of a falling-out with the United boss.

Sports journalist Mootaz Chehade relayed L'Equipe's report of Pogba's regret over the United move:

With speculation rife regarding his future, The Sun's Neil Custis reported Real Madrid would pursue Pogba this summer after missing out on him when he returned to United in 2016, with a deal in excess of £120 million mooted.

Former United star Paul Ince believes Alexis Sanchez's arrival in January has contributed to the midfielder's recent struggles. He told Paddy Power (h/t MailOnline's Glen Williams):

"Since Sanchez joined the club, Pogba's confidence and mood seems to have gone in the opposite direction to earlier in the season.

"He looks like a totally different player. It's probably due to the fact that, pre-Sanchez, he was the main man. He was the kingpin and the one everyone was talking about.

"But the arrival of Sanchez has taken the shine off him. What I would say is, at United, you're all main men. You should all perform like that, too."

However, Pogba remains a key figure at Old Trafford. His form has attracted a great deal of attention in recent weeks, with the consensus being he would be more capable of producing his best if he were deployed in a midfield three as opposed to the two Mourinho has favoured during his time in charge of United.

Former United captain Roy Keane believes the 24-year-old's position should not be an excuse, via ITV Football:

Sports journalist Alistair Fergusson said Pogba should accept the task given to him, even if it's not conducive to bringing out his best:

Pogba's frustrations are understandable to an extent, and Mourinho's reluctance to change the shape to accommodate his most expensive player is somewhat surprising.

Likewise, although a great deal is expected of him—perhaps more than he is capable of delivering, particularly outside of his preferred role—he could and should be doing better than he has in recent weeks.

Exit talk feels premature, though. He will need to work with Mourinho for the remainder of the season to help United finish strongly after losing two of their past three games in dispiriting fashion.

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