Man Utd look set to recoup no money for Paul Pogba – and not for lack of trying

Manchester United are set to watch on helplessly as their £89million record signing Paul Pogba leaves on a free transfer this summer – despite their original plans for the France midfielder.

Pogba returned to Old Trafford from Juventus in 2016 having moved to Italy four years previously, after picking up four Serie A winners medals and playing his part in two Coppa Italia triumphs.

Neither Pogba or United would have expected his trophy cabinet to be so bare in the five full seasons that have followed, especially after he won the League Cup and Europa League in his debut campaign.

With Pogba now set to leave on a free transfer in the summer, questions have been asked over how United have allowed it to happen – but it hasn't been from a lack of trying.

The Mail reports that United have not had a single offer for Pogba.

They add that Mino Raiola had planned for his client to one day leave on a bumper-deal to find a new chapter in his career – but it has never even been an option.

Pogba has managed 38 goals across 212 matches for United since his return to England, scoring 16 goals across all competitions during 2018/19 in his best career return.

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Raiola told RAI in November over a potential January transfer: "December is the month of dreams… and I can't stop dreams, but it is better to not speak about Paul.

"If some former Man United players don't speak about me and Paul, they won't work anymore.

"It's too early to speak about Paul Pogba's contract. Let's see what happens. I can't stop anyone from dreaming."

With Ralf Rangnick adding in December: "Players have to want to stay and play for the club.

"For a big club like Manchester United, if a player does not want to play for a club like Manchester United, even in the long term, I don't think it makes sense to convince him to change his mind.

"This is such a massive club [with] such fantastic support, I don't think that anyone in the club should then try to convince the player to stay."

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