Louis Saha revealed he is “annoyed” over the way Paul Pogba has gone about attempting to force a move away from Manchester United this summer.
Amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Juventus, Pogba fueled the speculation by confessing a desire to leave United for a “new challenge” elsewhere last month.
Latest reports have indicated, though, that the 26-year-old is having a hard time forcing an exit from Old Trafford. Although Real coach Zinedine Zidane hasn’t thrown in the towel and, apparently, he’s grown “obsessed” over signing his fellow Frenchman this summer.
Despite being upset by Pogba’s behaviour, however, Saha hopes to see him remain at United as he’s a “massive” player for them.
“I am a bit annoyed by [what Pogba said], but what can you do?” the ex-Red Devils striker told The New Paper.
“I struggle to understand why players express themselves (in this way). As much as they want to move, I understand that, but I don’t think it is something that should be done. I am especially gutted because he is a massive player for the club.
“I hope that he can still remain [with United], but it is difficult to see that because when you express something like this, it becomes a difficult situation to manage. It is not going to be easy for Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer].”
Last season saw Pogba enjoy his most impressive campaign, on a statistical basis, with 16 goals and 11 assists in 47 appearances for United.
Critics, on the other hand, remained especially harsh of the World Cup winner for his inconsistency throughout the campaign compared to his performances for the French national team.
But Saha pointed out that France boast much stronger stability than United as Didier Deschamps has been in charge since 2012.
“There is a transition period for United, but that is not the case for France. There was no lack of stability with the manager for France,” Saha said.
“The situation is not the same for United. They are still trying to find their feet back since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.
“These are some things that can give an indication of why he has struggled. Because he is a big and talented player, sometimes people expect him to do too much.
“He had a tremendous season, but people will still expect more.”