Paul Pogba’s recent comments regarding Real Madrid will be a slight concern for Manchester United, but if the midfielder left Old Trafford for the second time would the Red Devils be able to cope?
France international Pogba returned to United in the summer of 2016 after the 20-time English champions shelled out a then record transfer fee of £89.3million to sign the talented midfielder from Italian giants Juventus.
The 26-year-old endured a fractious relationship with former manager Jose Mourinho and several reports earlier this season claimed the Frenchman would leave if the Portuguese tactician remained in charge.
With the former Chelsea boss now departed, the midfielder has improved massively under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring eight Premier League goals since the Norwegian was handed the reins temporarily.
Recent reports have linked Pogba with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and, at a recent press conference, the World Cup winner said: “Real Madrid is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I’ve always said it is a dream club for every player.”
Los Blancos would have to pay well in excess of £100m if they wanted to land the United star, but if this move did materialise would the Red Devils be able to cope?
Pogba undoubtedly brings a huge amount to the side, with his powerful running and vision just two of his notable attributes, but there are replacements that could be brought in.
Interestingly, Croatia international Luka Modric has been tipped to leave Madrid in the summer and there could be the possibility of a player-plus-cash deal between the two clubs.
The 33-year-old, who won the 2018 Ballon d’Or, could be persuaded to return to the Premier League, having enjoyed his time at Tottenham Hotspur, and he would be a great fit in United’s starting XI.
Overall, there is no doubt Pogba is a big player for the red side of Manchester but, barring only Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, every team is capable of coping when they lose a star man.
Odds subject to change.