Once he was wantaway Pogba —now he must emerge as United’s true leader

Manchester United

Wait.. what’s that noise? That will be the sound of the transfer window slamming shut across the world. Monday the 2nd of September, saw the closing of the transfer market and a ceasefire on player movement for a brief period. The rumours will no doubt continue but unless your a free agent, your now staying put.

A relentless summer of Paul Pogba reports, interviews with his family and supposed spats with team mates, has culminated in the Frenchman to be playing at.. yep, still here at Manchester United.

Journalists have been able to fill their column inches, and more, about the United number 6, during a summer with limited football to report on. He’s going to Madrid, he’s not happy with the fans, he’s not happy with his team mates, and so on. Now some of this maybe true, but for the foreseeable, Pogba remains in Manchester. A player who has never divided opinion like anyone else before. With United’s midfield looking a little threadbare at the moment, the Red Devil’s will be relying heavily on the talented, if not inconsistent, Frenchman.

Incomings of Daniel James, Arron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire, shows the direction in which the manager wants to go. It’s clear that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a younger, hungry and more vibrant team.

Which leads me onto the outgoings. With Tony Valencia and Ander Herrera allowed to leave on free transfers, the clearing out process was underway. Chris Smalling and Matteo Darmian, both sent over to Roma and Parma, respectively. The Italian job was not quite finished by OGS. Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez were both packed out of Manchester and into Milan, with Inter taking a punt on both.

United’s start to the season has been mid table form at best. The upheaval of ins and outs will no doubt take its toll on a now trimmed down squad. The international break gives the boss time to get his breath back and now plan with what he’s got left.

The David De Gea contract saga is still rumbling on and with Real Madrid selling their first choice keeper to PSG, doesn’t bode well for the future of the Spanish number 1 at United.

You can’t have a rebuilding process which bears instant success. Once people realise this, the season will seem a little more bearable.

Ole’s at the wheel!

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John McNicoll
Southern Red and Football enthusiast.