Ralf Rangnick’s first big mistake at Manchester United will be to agree £500,000 p/w Pogba deal

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If there’s one player that is incredibly frustrating for Manchester United fans to watch, it’s French World Cup-winning midfielder, Paul Pogba.

On his day, there are no finer ball-winning exponents.

Pogba eases through the gears, is pleasing on the eye and has a passing range that is peerless.

The issue, which is as true today as it has been since Jose Mourinho was in charge, is that Pogba appears to pick and choose when he wants to be the main man.

The Red Devils can’t have any passengers whatsoever in their side at this point, as they look to get back to the pinnacle of English and European football.

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News then, via The Sun, that the club are willing to offer him a £400,000 per week basic salary, rising to £500,000 with bonuses, will almost certainly come as an almighty kick in the teeth to supporters who’ve arguably seen enough.

Though the styles are markedly different, compare and contrast the work ethic of West Ham’s Declan Rice, believed to be coveted by United, with that of Pogba.

They’re like chalk and cheese.

The Sun report the deal for the Frenchman is to ward off the interest of teams such as Real Madrid and Juventus, but frankly, their purpose would be better served by trying to get some money for him in January rather than breaking the bank.

It would almost certainly be Ralf Rangnick’s first big mistake as manager if he were to allow the deal to be passed.

At 28, Pogba should be a leader on the Old Trafford pitch but he is far, far from that.

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