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“I want to leave.” “Okay.”
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The Mirror report on trouble at Old Trafford, between potentially competent manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and definitely incompetent Ed Woodward.

The bone of contention is reportedly over French midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been dreadful except for a couple of weeks a season. And he was brilliant for France at the Word Cup.

Pogba now wants to leave for Real Madrid, and has two years (plus an option of a further year) on his current contract, meaning United can demand a fair whack for selling one of the most marketable, talented and unreliable players in world football.

After years of poor performance, Woodward is still not ready to sell Pogba. In this case, it’s Pogba’s poor performance, not that of the bumbling wazzock Woodward, who also needs to be booted high into the air and out of the club at the earliest opportunity.

However, new manager Solskjaer has seen the player go from keen to be at the heart of a successful run of form, as he was around the turn of the year, to a player who no longer puts in the required effort and wants to go to play for Zinedine Zidane. This puts the two figures at odds over the 26-year-old waste of time.

United want to get £140 million should they ultimately decide to sell Pogba, a fee that Real are not yet willing to meet - quite wisely, given how little the player currently offers. Far better they spend the money on someone who has a more professional outlook to life at football. Of course, should Pogba be surrounded by better players then he would doubtless be more motivated, but what is the point of a player who has so many preconditions on when he might deign to actually try in exchange for those wages?