Manchester United shelve contract talks with World Cup winner

Manchester United have reportedly stalled on discussions over a new contract with Paul Pogba amid the uncertainty over the midfielder’s future at Old Trafford.

The France international has been a regular for the Red Devils over the past couple of seasons and there remains question marks regarding his long-term future amid his strained relationship with Jose Mourinho.

According to ESPN FC, United had initially planned to discuss a contract extension with the midfielder but their plans have now been shelved with the midfielder continuing to present an uncertainty over his Old Trafford future.

Pogba had been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer but the move could not materialise after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to entertain offers for the World Cup winner.

Since then, Pogba is deemed to have called a truce with Mourinho to stay put for the season but ESPN reports that the Frenchman could push for an exit next summer, should Barcelona revive their interest.

Pogba returned to the United fray last month after an impressive showing for Les Bleus at the summer World Cup but he has since struggled to replicate a similar performance for Mourinho’s side.

Barring the two penalty goals he has scored, Pogba has looked far from impressive with his open play and this has supposedly angered a section of the United faithful amid his reluctance to rule out a future move away from the club.

Pogba is presently with Les Bleus for the inaugural UEFA Nations League and he played the entire 90 minutes of the goalless stalemate against Joachim Loew’s Germany on Thursday night.

He is very much certain to retain his starting role for the next group stage game versus the Netherlands at the Stade de France on Sunday evening. France have won each of their previous four matches against the Dutch.

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