If there’s one player Manchester United need to excel to get a result against Liverpool today, it’s Paul Pogba.
The Red Devils take on the Premier League leaders at Anfield with a 16-point gap between themselves and their hosts.
United currently occupy sixth position and Jose Mourinho could do with a result to allay the seemingly ever-present doubt over his future at the club.
It’s a big ask given the conviction with which Jurgen Klopp’s undefeated side have strung together a six-game winning streak in the English top-flight.
The Reds aren’t invincible across all competitions, though, as Paris Saint-Germain proved with a 2-1 victory in their penultimate Champions League fixture last month.
Neymar was the driving force behind his team taking maximum points at the Parc des Princes, and United are crying out for their talisman in Pogba to provide the same influence.
Despite the Frenchman’s ongoing struggles, former Premier League midfielder Danny Murphy believes he’s capable of making the difference in Merseyside.
“On a good day, Pogba has all the attributes — he’s strong, skilful, quick, technically very good. He can run in behind or play the ball around you,” he wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“No disrespect to Nemanja Matic or Marouane Fellaini but no United midfielder can hurt you like Pogba. However badly he is playing, Jurgen Klopp’s players won’t be pleased to see him.
“He is unique in what he can offer and has years ahead of him. It makes no financial sense to pack him off to Juventus in January.”
However, it appears United have seen fit to determine otherwise.
Jose Mourinho and his superiors are ready to cut their losses on Pogba and sell him back to the same club they did in 2012, according to the Mirror.
It’s believed the Old Trafford hierarchy no longer want his allegedly destructive presence in the dressing room, irrespective of whether they change managers in the future.
However, they will want to be duly compensated for parting with a player who cost them £89 million, of course.
The Mirror’s report reads: “United would like Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic, but are likely to have more success if they try to engineer a swap deal involving defender Alex Sandro.
“He was watched by United scouts in the midweek Champions League game with Young Boys in Switzerland.
“Paris Saint-Germain are also sure to join the bidding, although Pogba has an ambition to move to Spain with either Real or Barcelona.”
For all the trouble Pogba appears to have brought back with him to United, losing him in exchange for Pjanic or Sandro looks a decent option on paper.
The Red Devils could find themselves in a difficult position to negotiate any such deal depending on the World Cup winner’s desire to leave, though.
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