With the January transfer window looming, it seems as if Paul Pogba will be departing Old Trafford to kick off 2019.
Manchester United have simply not been good enough this season. The Red Devils currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League, a full 19 points adrift of leaders Liverpool. That's following United's 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday. It was a toothless performance from Jose Mourinho's men that compounded the fact the team is nowhere near as good as it needs to be.
The club is currently fractured from top to bottom. Mourinho's press conferences have become circuses. The United boss clearly has no respect for the owners of the club, and his relationship with his players might be even worse. It's evident that the team is not playing for their manager, and that is having a detrimental effect on United's season.
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Of all the issues both on and off the pitch at Old Trafford right now, there is none more problematic than the broken relationship between Mourinho and Paul Pogba. Despite the clear need for a creative player during United's loss to Liverpool, The World Cup-winning Frenchman started the game on the bench and remained there for the duration of the encounter. That's the third game in a row Pogba has started on the bench for United.
When you're 3-1 down against your arch-rivals with 10 minutes to go and you don't bring on Pogba, you know that there is something more going on than what's on the surface. Many are speculating, including BBC Sport, that the former vice captain's time with United is coming to an end. With less than three weeks to go until the transfer window opens, Pogba doesn't have long to wait if he is, in fact, leaving Old Trafford.
This current spell with the club is actually Pogba's second as a United player. The Frenchman started his career at Old Trafford before leaving for Juventus in 2012. Four years later, United signed Pogba back for $112 million, a world record transfer fee at the time. If Pogba does leave in January, it's unlikely his asking price will be as high as that since clubs know he probably wants to leave.