Paul Pogba is often the centre of attention at Manchester United - even when he’s confined to spectating from the stands.
An ankle injury has restricted the French midfielder to starting just six matches for the Red Devils this season, with his overall appearance tally standing at a mere eight.
But despite his ongoing absence from the pitch, Pogba - and more specifically his future at the club - is a constant talking point.
The 26-year-old appears to be edging closer to leaving Old Trafford this summer, not least due to the United hierarchy reportedly lowering their asking price for the club’s record signing.
It wouldn’t be hugely surprising if Pogba did finally move on after almost four disappointing years during which he’s shouldered much of the blame for the Red Devils’ failures.
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“At times you have to feel a bit sorry for him. He’s the scapegoat for absolutely everything [at Manchester United],” he told talkSPORT.
“Even when he’s not playing people blame him and they’re always talking about him.
“I don’t think sometimes the social media aspect helps him. When he says he’s ill and then he’s at his brother’s wedding dancing around – evidently that rubs people up the wrong way.
“But when you talk about Manchester United selling him, I think there’s going to be a whole host of teams lining up to get him.
“I know people are saying they’re going to have to take a loss on him, but I can see him going pretty much anywhere he wants – certain teams in the Premier League by the way.”
While there’s little debate over the quality Pogba can deliver on his day, Bent has gone as far saying that his precarious United future may even tempt Liverpool and Manchester City to make a move.
“When someone like a Paul Pogba comes available on the market, and let’s not forget he’s only 26, there’s going to be so many takers,” the ex-Tottenham, Sunderland and Aston Villa star explained.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if teams like Manchester City come in for him. I can see him getting in Liverpool’s team, too.
“If he’s on top, top form he can get in most teams in the world.”
Even if Pogba does rediscover his best form once he returns from injury, Bent also thinks there’s no guarantee that he and United won’t decide they’re better off without each other.
Liverpool and City might well be interested if his services become available, though you can be sure United would do everything possible to stop the top two Premier League clubs from strengthening at their expense.
That said, there’s not much the Red Devils can offer that matches the appeal of playing for Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola’s respective teams.News Now - Sport News