For the third time in a row, Jose Mourinho has fallen out with his team’s star player in his third season at a club. This bust up, along with a string of negative articles from Mourinho’s friends in the press, has led many Manchester United supporters and even Roy Keane today to call for selling Paul Pogba next summer. However, just as Eden Hazard and Cristiano Ronaldo continued to prove Mourinho wrong after he left their clubs, Manchester United would be wise to keep Pogba and let him do likewise for them over the coming years.
One of the arguments for selling Pogba is his negative influence on the dressing room. This notion gained traction particularly after rumors of Mourinho calling him a “virus.” However, Pogba and Mourinho’s histories clearly shed a different light on who the real virus might be. While one of them fell out with various key players at his last two jobs, the other is someone who has spent 5 years with the France National Team and 4 at Juventus under various managers without any rumors of attitude problems. Once Mourinho is sacked and a new manager comes in, the evidence suggests that Pogba’s allegedly disruptive influence will not be an issue.
Another argument against selling Pogba is the difficulty United will face in getting a good price for him. Given the stories and performances from Pogba this season, any transfer fee the club get will likely be extremely low for a player of his talent. Furthermore, there is not an obvious buyer who would be interested in Pogba and who could afford to pay a transfer fee high enough to make it beneficial for United. Considering how little the club has gotten from spending over 100 million euros on Fred and Matic, the fee the club might get from Pogba is certainly not guaranteed to transform their fortunes.
The last and most crucial reason for Manchester United not to sell Pogba is that a club trying to improve should not sell their best outfield player. Manchester United should be looking to bring in better players and a better manager to complement and get the most out of the quality players they already have. Selling Pogba would set the club even further backwards and give the next manager an even tougher rebuilding job to get them back where Manchester United wants to be. Just remember, Mourinho also had many United fans wanting Martial to be sold last summer.