By Noel Whelan

12th Nov, 2021 | 11:38am

Man United told to sell Pogba after 'ludicrous' L'Equipe news - pundit

Noel Whelan has insisted Man United should ignore Paul Pogba’s “ludicrous” pay rise request and offload him in January.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old’s displays have been “severely lacking” since he returned to Old Trafford.

According to L’Equipe (November 10th), Pogba has demanded he becomes the best-paid player in the Premier League – with his contract at Man United expiring next summer.

The report claims Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the top earner at Old Trafford, receiving £480,000-per-week.

Pogba suffered an injury while on international duty with France this week and could miss crunch games against Arsenal and Chelsea in the coming weeks.

Whelan insisted Man United should let the France international leave in order to get their midfield rebuild underway.

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“If anything, I’d be giving him a wage reduction,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“He’s been Johnny Average for United, we’ve seen him do it for his national side – but when it comes to the domestic side of his game he’s been severely lacking.

“That’s the frustration for them. There’s no way he deserves a pay rise based on what he’s done at the club – that’s ludicrous.

“It’s time to cut their losses, sell him in January and start rebuilding that midfield. They need different characters in that midfield.

“He just hasn’t performed since he’s come back, and has been stuck on the bench for long spells. It could have been different, but Pogba has been a really bad signing for Man United. It hasn’t worked out at all.”

Pogba has registered seven assists in 13 Man United games across all competitions.

The 2018 World Cup winner has made 219 Red Devils appearances since signing for a reported £93.2million in 2016.

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