Man United ace Pogba may have snubbed Man City over backlash: Hutton

By Alan Hutton

10th May, 2022 | 7:00pm

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Alan Hutton has suggested personal reasons may be behind Paul Pogba’s reported snub of a possible move to Man City this summer.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted it would be “very difficult” for the 29-year-old to swap Manchester United for their close rivals.

As reported by The Athletic (9 May), Pogba turned down a flattering proposal from Man City, with his contract at Old Trafford expiring this summer.

The midfielder reportedly gave City’s offer serious consideration but has informed the club he will be moving elsewhere this summer.

Hutton claimed it was “no surprise” to hear Pep Guardiola’s side had shown interest.

However, he suggested the controversy surrounding a potential move may have put Pogba off.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “It doesn’t surprise me they’ve thrown their hat into the ring.

“There’s no doubting his talent. I think on a personal level, for him to make that move, thinking of his lifestyle moving forward, how difficult that would be for them, just in general life.

“That’s probably the sticking point because the wages and that wouldn’t be a problem.

“He has had a hard time at Manchester United. Then to go to their rivals across the city, I think, would be very difficult for him.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if you see him go to PSG or somebody like that. That kind of makes more sense, I think, for him and his family.”

Pogba has played 27 times across all competitions for United this season.

He has missed the last four games with a calf injury.

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