Arsene Wenger says he felt sorry for Paul Pogba after the midfielder was benched for Manchester United’s crucial Champions League clash with RB Leipzig this week.
On the eve of the game Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, revealed that the World Cup winner is ‘unhappy’ at United and claimed his time at Old Trafford is ‘over’.
Pogba subsequently started United’s match against Leipzig on the bench and was brought on with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side 2-0 down.
United went on to lose the game 3-2, which sealed their elimination from the Champions League, while the focus after the match immediately turned to Pogba’s future.
Wenger believes Solskjaer must reiterate to Pogba that he needs to remain focused on his career at United and says the France international is still capable of making a ‘huge impact’.
‘I believe that you have to explain to a player that no matter what his future plan is, his interest and his job is to perform at the present [club],’ Wenger told ESPN’s Caught Offside podcast.
‘It’s the best way to prepare your future, to play well in the present.
‘When I saw Pogba coming on on Tuesday night at RB Leipzig, I was sorry he didn’t start the game because straight away he made a huge impact.’
Meanwhile, Solskjaer insists that Pogba is not causing any trouble in United’s dressing room in the wake of Raiola’s comments.
‘There’s been other players refusing to train and refusing to play – they’re not here any more, of course – but Paul’s not once done that,’ said Solskjaer.
‘He’s got the quality and the desire to do well when he comes on, like he did against Leipzig, when he had a positive impact.’
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