(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – This time last year, what was supposed to be Paul Pogba’s romantic second spell at Manchester United looked to be over and ending in heartbreak.
Real Madrid beckoned, but despite Pogba offering up few moments to cherish during his time at Old Trafford, United stayed committed to their club-record signing and fought to keep hold of him.
Their efforts appeared to be in vain though with Pogba’s heart remaining set on moving to Madrid, who were ready to reignite their interest this summer after missing out on him.
But now a deal is off the table, United and Pogba have one final chance to make it work.
Madrid have accepted that they cannot sign Pogba this summer without causing huge discontent in the dressing room due to the player’s mammoth £15million-a-year wages and have subsequently distanced themselves from a summer move.
The withdrawal of what was an unwelcomed distraction to Pogba will come as music to United’s ears.
Now, Pogba’s unsalvageable United career suddenly looks salvageable again. But there is first, a lot of reconciling and rekindling that needs to be done.
After all, Pogba had openly pushed for a move to Madrid last summer, was caught dancing at his brother’s wedding when he was supposed to be injured and has struggled to get fit this season, playing just eight times in all competitions.
Since re-joining United in a £89million move from Juventus in 2016, Pogba has been routinely criticised by pundits after a string of underwhelming displays and failing to justify his price tag.