By Noel Whelan

3rd Nov, 2021 | 8:00pm

Pundit delivers 'frank' verdict on Pogba quitting Man United after broadcaster update

Noel Whelan has suggested Manchester United could benefit from letting Paul Pogba leave next year.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker insisted the 28-year-old and his ego has “always been a bit of an issue” at Old Trafford.

As reported by broadcaster ESPN (27th October), the Red Devils have accepted Pogba will not sign a new contract and are prepare to let him leave on a free next summer.

The France international joined United for a reported £89.1million in 2016.

He made headlines for all the wrong reasons last month after being sent off in the 5-0 thrashing to Liverpool.

Whelan claimed United could learn a thing or two about dressing room harmony and cohesion from the Reds.

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He suggested Pogba’s presence is part of the problem.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “You’re talking about a team there, is it a team? In my opinion, it looks like a set of individuals with their own little superpowers that are not working together.

“It’s plain to see for any ex-player they’re not pulling their weight. They are not doing the horrible side of the game necessary to be a successful side.

“Look at the difference with Liverpool, who play as a team and have that unity, cohesion, that’s a team. I’m talking about a team that’s not just full of names.

“I’m talking about characters and personalities that can blend, that can mix. You look at Liverpool. They don’t look like they’ve got those kinds of egos in their team that Manchester United have.

“Pogba’s always been a bit of an issue, quite frankly. Most people talk about his hairstyles more than his footballing ability, which we know he’s got.

“He’s a world-class player, one of the best midfielders in the world, but we haven’t seen that. He’s got a lot to say at times but without putting in the performances for Manchester United.

“I think that tackle against Liverpool just summed up his time there – being a bit over the top.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire claims Manchester United want to scrap the FA Cup after an official update.