Man Utd star Paul Pogba ‘trying to set up summer transfer’ with recent performances

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is attempting to set up a summer move away from the club with his recent performances, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles. Pogba has started United’s last four Premier League matches and has put in some strong showings. The France star sees his contract at Old Trafford expire at the end of next season.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated in December that his client wants to leave United this summer.

Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has constantly backed his midfielder, claiming that he is fully focused on performing for the club.

Pogba has often played on the right for United in recent weeks.

And Castles says the 27-year-old’s desire to perform, even in an unfamiliar role, reaffirms Raiola’s statement that he is searching for the best transfer possible this summer.

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“They have Pogba contributing in positions that are not his preferred position,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.

“I think because he has something to prove and he’s trying to set himself up for that transfer away in the summer, that his agent Mino Raiola has talked publicly about him wanting and that he would refuse to sign a new contract even if one is offered to him.”

Pogba missed a big chance in the second half of Sunday’s goalless draw at Liverpool.

The midfielder could only strike a shot straight at Reds goalkeeper Alisson from close range.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Pogba could have earned himself a new deal if he had been the hero.

“If you want to be one of the best and be the talisman for the team and be a super player, you’ve got to turn up and get the winner in big games,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“You’ve got to make things happen, you’ve got to grab the moments when they come.

“That was a moment that would have elevated him to a status with the fans, it probably would have got him a new deal if he had banged that in, you never know the way football goes.

“But [Roy Keane’s] right, big players, it’s a great chance.

“He’s hit it well but a bit more cute and he scores. Hit it low in the corner, it’s not that difficult a finish.

“Would Gerrard have scored it? Would Lampard have scored it? Yeah.”

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