Simon Jordan believes Manchester United should sell Paul Pogba, not offer the ‘divisive’ midfielder a fresh new contract at Old Trafford.
Recent reports claim the club have opened negotiations with the World Cup winner over a new ‘long-term’ deal, despite his attempts to leave over the summer.
Pogba said he was ‘ready for a new challenge’ earlier this year and his agent Mino Raiola worked hard to get him a move away, with Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all interest, but to no avail.
He ended up staying at Old Trafford, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisting the French midfielder remains a key part of his squad and future plans at United.
That’s not what former Crystal Palace owner Jordan would have done, however.
On Tuesday, talkSPORT host Jim White asked if executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward should entertain extending Pogba’s contract.
And, as only Simon Jordan could, he quoted Al Pacino as he gave his response: “I think the actual question should be is; if I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, would I entertain him?
“I think Paul Pogba is divisive.
“I don’t doubt and never have doubted that there is a player with innate talent there, but there is also a player that is also more about himself, I believe, than he is about the wellbeing of the football club.
“And the fact is at the moment Manchester United seem to have an amputated spirit, and there is no prosthetic for an amputated spirit and players like Pogba…
“You see Gary Neville talking about Mino Raiola the other day about how the agent is creating a division and shouldn’t be involved in football…
“I personally would have sold Pogba last year, moved him along and made changes that are very definite.
“The reason why I fear for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is I don’t think he’s a definite manager. I think he’s learning his trade on other people’s time and on their dime and I think Manchester United need better than that.
“And players like Paul Pogba removed out of the club sends out very strong message about what Manchester United are really about.”
Solskjaer has been warned his job could be under threat if United’s performances don’t improve after their poor start to the new Premier League campaign – two wins, two draws and two defeats from their opening six games.
The stats look even worst for the boss if you take a wider view. Manchester United have won just four league games out of 14 since he was given the job permanently in March, while they have scored just 15 goals.
And asked if he thinks Solskjaer will last the season in charge, Jordan added:
“I think he probably will, but I don’t think he’ll go much past the end of the season.”