Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen expects Paul Pogba to leave the club as a free agent for the second time in his career.
The World Cup winner cut a frustrated figure in yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Everton.
United’s number six came off the bench to replace the injured Fred with 10 minutes of the first half remaining.
Early in the second half, the 29-year-old scythed down Everton’s matchwinner Anthony Gordon which was a professional foul and definite yellow card.
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Later in the half referee Jonathan Moss gave the Toffees a free-kick after Pogba was adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The Frenchman looked like he was going to punch the ball in frustration which would have probably resulted in a second yellow card but he resisted the urge to vent his anger.
The former Juventus man’s time at Old Trafford is fizzling out and it looks a formality that he will be leaving the club for a second time once his contract ends at the end of June.
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Asked if Pogba’s Old Trafford career had been a failure, Meulensteen told Stadium Astro: “Failure is a big word but has Pogba lived up to the expectations? I don’t think so.
“He knew what the expectations were when he came back, to compete for the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Not everything has clicked with the players around him or the system, does he actually suit the Premier League?
“What frustrated me a little bit is Paul has never really outspoken his commitment to United. He’s never came out there and said he’s going to stay and bring United back to where they belong.
“There’s always been issues over his future and that doesn’t sit well with the fans. It’s not just one player though, there’s many more issues that need to be addressed before United are going to get back on the right track.
“Since he’s come back it hasn’t really happened for him or Manchester United. I think he will leave now.”
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United’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are evaporating with every passing week and following Tottenham’s 4-0 win at Aston Villa, Ralf Rangnick’s side are now six points behind Conte’s fourth-place Spurs with seven Premier League games left to be played.
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