Manchester United told to sell Paul Pogba this summer amid Real Madrid interest

That’s the opinion of ESPN pundit Ian Darke.

Paul Pogba has not been quiet about his desire to leave the club, having told reporters earlier this year that he wanted a “new challenge”.

There was talk of Real Madrid and Juventus both looking at the Frenchman with his future uncertain, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep him.

The Manchester United boss insisted that he believes the star will stay at Old Trafford, and that he wants to build his team around him.

Pogba was indifferent last season. After struggling under Jose Mourinho in the first half of the year, he had a resurgence after Solskjaer took the helm.

But that apparently wasn’t enough for Pogba, who told reporters that he wanted a new challenge after some public flirting with Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

His agent, Mino Raiola, was coy over the midfielder’s future, and said that he is dealing with things day by day.

Pogba was even tipped to sit out the club’s pre-season tour of Australia, but he did no such thing and is part of the traveling group.

But Darke told United boss Solskjaer to cut his losses and sell the star.

“There’s a bit of a mystery at the moment,” he said on ESPN FC. “Here’s a player who said he wants a new challenge, and his agent Mino Raiola said the same thing.

“It looks like they’ve been hankering for that move to Real Madrid. Now you’ve got the Manchester United manager saying that everything is hunky dory, he’s spoken to him and he wants to stay.

“He even said that he might be the captain next season, it’s all a bit strange.

“There was even talk that he might not get on the plane for the pre-season tour of Australia, but he did and he’s going to play, but what was the evidence from last season?

“He didn’t really come off, he was high maintenance, you couldn’t really build a team around him.

“So it might be the case that while he might be a world class talent, is he a world class talent when surrounded by world class players like Juventus or with France last summer?

“If I were Ed Woodward, I would bite the bullet and take the money, sell him and use that money to rebuild that team.

“Major surgery is needed at Manchester United, this is a team that finished 32 points off the top of the table, they were as near to the top as they were to Cardiff, who were relegated.”

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