Paul Ince has told talkSPORT he expects Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United in January.
The former Red Devil has had his say on the apparent falling out between the Frenchman and manager Jose Mourinho, and believes ‘all the evidence points’ to the 25-year-old leaving when the transfer window opens.
There has been another twist in the Pogba v Mourinho saga this week.
It has been claimed the manager never wanted to sign the midfielder and that his club-record £89million return from Juventus was based on the players’ commercial value.
Reports have also suggested Pogba has been left ‘shocked’ after being dropped from the starting XI for United’s last two games against Arsenal and Fulham.
Mourinho and Pogba have endured a turbulent relationship this season.
Pogba has ben stripped of the vice captaincy, Mourinho has criticised his performances publicly as well as, allegedly, in the dressing room in front of the whole United team and the midfielder has openly discussed his future at Old Trafford and courted a return to Juventus.
That is all while both player and coach have maintained they have no problem with one another.
But former United midfielder Ince says actions speak louder than words, and that Mourinho’s recent Pogba snubs have made it clear.
“You don’t spend that kind of money on a player and have him on the bench, unless you’re winning week-in, week-out, which you’re not.
“I think he’s brought it upon himself, Pogba. I think he’s a world class player when he wants to be.
“The relationship between Mourinho and Pogba doesn’t seem right. Some of the things Mourinho will say about him… if he’s not trying, deal with it.
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“It doesn’t need to be aired in public, I’m not sure that works.
“It kind of looks to me that they’re both angling to get him out in January.
“If I looked at all the evidence…
“He came on the other day and he didn’t get rapturous applause from the crowd, half were having him and half weren’t.
“So it looks like the fans are starting to turn against him, which is never nice, and it looks like he’s going to have to start winning the fans over again, which you can’t do sitting on the bench.
“So it all points to, come January, I think he’ll be gone.”