Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been urged to get clarity from Paul Pogba on whether he wants to sign a new contract or try to sell him as soon as the transfer window reopens.
Pogba’s current deal at Old Trafford runs out in 2022 and he has made several previous murmurings about looking to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
A free transfer once his contract expires appears to be the most plausible route out of the club for Pogba, though he seems a lot more content now United have closed the gap a little on rivals Man City.
But former United star Lee Sharpe feels Solskjaer cannot leave Pogba’s future up to chance, and believes the club must resolve his contract situation by the start of next season at the latest.
Speaking exclusively to Mirror Football on behalf of William Hill , Sharpe said: “I’m a bit of a Paul Pogba fan if I’m in honest. I love him, love watching him. I think he’s a class above most players in the Premier League when he’s on his game.
“If we can get him fit and keep him fit and give him a run in the team I think he’ll win games for you. I know defensively he’s a little bit lacking at times but I think sometimes the greatest players that go forward and create for you are not great defensively.
“So I think you need to put players around them to protect against that. But going forward he’s the type of player who gets in situations, takes defence into attack, goes past people, we’ve seen he can score goals and create goals, a wonderful player.”
Asked how the club should handle his future, Sharpe replied: “If Paul Pogba’s heart is at Manchester United I’d be trying my best to get him a new contract before the end of the summer.
“I think if he doesn’t want to sign and his head has been turned to go elsewhere then I would sell him right at the start of the summer so I’ve got all summer to find a replacement and go and get another world beater, but for me I’d try and keep him at the club.”
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola only claimed back in December that his client was “unhappy” at United and needed a “change of air”.
Since then the midfielder has been a pivotal player for his side and has produced performances more in line with the talent he possesses, which many feel he has failed to live up to in recent seasons.
And discussing his future only last week Pogba told Sky Sports: “I’m happy! Of course I’m happy. I’m happy.
“We’re there, we’re close [to winning trophies]. We’re still in competition for the Europa League, we still have something to play for in the Premier League until City have the trophy in their hands.
“We have to keep working. We have to keep on playing, that’s the way it is. We still have a chance to win something this year, so why not?”