Manchester United put contract talks on hold with World Cup winner

Manchester United have reportedly decided to delay contract negotiations with Paul Pogba, who has displayed an uncertainty regarding his long-term future with the Premier League giants.

The France international has commanded a regular role with the Red Devils since rejoining them from Juventus in the summer of 2016 but this has not ceased the speculation over his future.

According to ESPN FC, the Mancunian outfit had initially planned to reward the Frenchman with a fresh long-term contract but those plans have been put on hold with the midfielder refusing to rule out an exit from the club.

Pogba has been a regular fixture under Jose Mourinho over the past two seasons but there has nevertheless been criticism over his performances which have been average on more occasions than not.

Further more, Pogba has witnessed a strained relationship with Mourinho at Old Trafford and during the recent World Cup, the midfielder himself admitted that things were not entirely fruitful between the pair.

As such, ESPN reports that Barcelona were prepared to make an approach to acquire his services last month but that possibility was ruled out after executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to listen to offers.

Nonetheless, Pogba’s position with United remains insecure heading into the busy phase of the campaign and it is suggested that he could push for a move to Camp Nou, should they return for his signature next summer.

Pogba has made a rather average start to the Premier League campaign with United but he has still managed to find the scoresheet on two occasions – both of which have come from the penalty spot.

He is presently with France for the inaugural edition of the UEFA Nations League and so far, he has featured in the country’s opening game against Germany which ended in a 0-0 draw at the Allianz Arena.

Next up, France are scheduled for a home game against the Netherlands on Sunday and Pogba is certain to feature from the off with Didier Deschamps regarding him as one of his most influential players.

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