Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has leapt to the defence of Paul Pogba, insisting he is the ‘scapegoat for absolutely everything’ at Manchester United.
Pogba has made only eight appearances for United this season owing to an ankle injury, with a summer departure looking increasingly likely after club hierarchy reportedly dropped their asking price for the midfielder.
There remains a huge question mark over Pogbas long-term future at Manchester United
When he rejoined United from Juventus in August 2016 he was the then world record £89m buy, but Pogba’s second spell has had more low points than high ones.
With that said, Bent believes he is blamed for everything going wrong at Old Trafford, and insists he’ll have no problem getting another club.
“At times you have to feel a bit sorry for him. He’s the scapegoat for absolutely everything [at Manchester United],” he told talkSPORT.
“Even when he’s not playing people blame him and they’re always talking about him.
“I don’t think sometimes the social media aspect helps him. When he says he’s ill and then he’s at his brother’s wedding dancing around – evidently that rubs people up the wrong way.
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“But when you talk about Manchester United selling him, I think there’s going to be a whole host of teams lining up to get him.
“I know people are saying they’re going to have to take a loss on him, but I can see him going pretty much anywhere he wants – certain teams in the Premier League by the way.”
Such is the regard Bent holds Pogba in, he is convinced that both Manchester City and Liverpool would be interested in signing the World Cup winner in the summer,
“When someone like a Paul Pogba comes available on the market, and let’s not forget he’s only 26, there’s going to be so many takers,” he explained.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if teams like Manchester City come in for him, I can see him getting in Liverpool’s team, too.
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“If he’s on top, top form he can get in most teams in the world.”
He added: “One thing you can’t question about Pogba is his quality. I’ve heard people call him an average footballer and that is complete nonsense. He is a top footballer.
“When Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in there was a run of 11 games which got Pogba in the PFA Team of the Year.
“That’s probably his only consistent period in a Manchester United shirt. We saw then the levels he can go too.”
Bent concedes that it is the benefit of all parties concerned that Pogba leaves in the summer, hinting that people will have to find another scapegoat should the outspoken midfielder depart.
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“Is it a headache that Manchester United are tired of hearing about? He’s been injured for the longest period of time, but yet we’re still talking about him,” he concluded.
“Because he’s not even on the pitch and we’re still talking about him, I wonder maybe if it is best if they part their separate ways.
“Then everyone can solely focus on Manchester United football club – rather than looking for a scapegoat, which is Paul Pogba, for everything that has gone wrong in recent years.”