MANCHESTER UNITED dressing room figures believe Paul Pogba should be removed from the squad.
That’s according to journalist Duncan Castles, who thinks Pogba should have walked away instead of approaching supporters who were abusing him during their end-of-season lap of honour at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The Frenchman has come in for widespread criticism over the last year for inconsistent performances and reports of issues with both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and predecessor Jose Mourinho.
His fractured relationship with Mourinho is regarded by many as a key factor in the latter’s dismissal just before Christmas.
And after starting well under Solskjaer, Pogba quickly went from hero to zero by underperforming in a shambolic end to the season for United that saw them win just two games out of 12.
“I think there are people in the dressing room who think he should be removed”
At the end of a 2-0 defeat at home to Cardiff on the final day of the season, United stars went on their custom lap of honour to thank the fans, but a video circulating on social media shows Pogba receiving abuse from sections of the crowd.
The midfielder decided to respond, nevertheless, beating his chest and sticking his thumbs up to the supporters in question – and Castles feels he shouldn’t have got involved, while insisting members of the dressing room want to see him offloaded.
“I think there are people in the dressing room who think he should be removed,” he told The Transfer Window podcast.
“I have a bit of sympathy for Pogba in this situation in that once he gets himself there with the fan, it’s pretty difficult for him to respond to it without causing the problems he’s caused.”
Castles’ comments came after it was claimed:
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He added: “He probably should just have walked away.
“But if you’re in front of the supporters supposedly saying thank you to them at the end of the season and they start attacking you like that, it’s a tough one for a player to handle.”
Pogba has failed to live up to the hype since returning to United for a then-world-record fee of £90m back in 2016.
Yet it was his infamous fallout with Mourinho that seriously damaged his stock among United supporters, with many calling for him to be shown the door instead of the Special One.
Mourinho, though, insists Pogba was not the only player responsible for his demise at Old Trafford.
“The problems are there. You can say that these are the players, the organisation, the ambition,” he told L’Equipe.
“I only say that I cannot say yes when you ask if Paul was the only one responsible.”