Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger has revealed he felt ‘sorry’ for Paul Pogba, during Manchester United’s 3-2 loss to RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
The Frenchman was dropped to the bench for the game, despite impressing in our win over West Ham, in the Premier League the weekend before.
The crunch group H encounter had come just a few hours after Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, had said the 27 year old’s football future was no longer at Old Trafford, and it’s best he’s sold in January.
With United trailing Leipzig 3-0, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer threw in Pogba, to try to salvage something from the game.
The midfielder did put up a decent performance, forcing an own goal to take United to within a goal, but ultimately it proved too little.
And while speaking after the game, Wenger said he felt empathy for his countryman, “I believe that you have to explain to a player that no matter what his future plan is, his interest and his job is to perform at the present [club],” the former premier league manager said.
“It’s the best way to prepare your future – to play well in the present.
“When I saw Pogba coming on on Tuesday night at RB Leipzig, I was sorry he didn’t start the game because straight away he made a huge impact.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer has insisted he doesn’t care about Raiola’s comments, and his only care is his players and what they tell him.