By Noel Whelan

14th Oct, 2021 | 7:00pm

Pundit demands 'truths be told' at Man United after latest Pogba controversy

Man United should offer Paul Pogba a bumper wage to stay at the club if he wants to remain in England, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 28-year-old is “one of the best midfield players in the world on his day”.

As reported by Spanish newspaper AS yesterday (October 13th), Pogba is the subject of fresh interest from Real Madrid, with the giants hoping the transfer will further persuade Kylian Mbappe to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

The 89-cap France international’s terms at Old Trafford expires next summer, leaving Los Blancos free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with him in January.

The Sun claimed earlier this month (October 2nd) that Man United had set a deadline of Christmas for Pogba to put pen to paper on a contract worth £400,000-a-week.

The ex-Juventus midfielder has assisted seven times in the Premier League this season.

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When asked about Pogba’s Man United future, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “That’s down to Paul Pogba.

“It’s about whether the player wants to stay – if he doesn’t, then there’s no point keeping him.

“If it’s about a different challenge then I completely understand – but if it’s about money, then offer him the money.

“We know that on his day, he’s one of the best midfield players in the world.

“If you’re rebuilding a side at Manchester United, then you will want that team to include Paul Pogba.

“But they will want more consistency. We’ve seen it at international level, and that’s another frustrating part of his game.

“He’s got every attribute to be the best midfielder in the world. But you just question why it hasn’t happened for him at Man United.”

“This is a conversation where some truths will need to be told.”

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