'Giving Pogba £400k a week is desperate'

English Premier League

A Manchester United legend has criticised the club for reportedly offering Paul Pogba a new contract that could see him earn £400 000 (R8 million) a week.

With Pogba down to the final months of his current deal, recent reports have suggested that the French star is happy to stay at Old Trafford on the condition that he becomes one of the Premier League's highest-paid players. 

The 2018 FIFA World Cup winner is understood to be on £290 000 (R5.8 million) a week currently, which places him behind the likes of David de Gea, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and Cristiano Ronaldo among United's highest-paid players. 

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With the Red Devils believed to be ready to give Pogba a new contract worth £400 000 a week, club legend Paul Ince has now lambasted his former team for the reported offer. 

"That's a sign of desperation from Manchester United in offering that contract," he told The United Stand. 

"Obviously, they're trying to persuade him to sign this deal. It's a lot of money for someone who has been in and out of the side. 

"He was on the bench two weeks ago against Everton and then all of a sudden you're saying: 'Here's £400k a week!' 

"Ultimately, if you're paying that type of money for a player, he has to play every game and we're not seeing Paul Pogba play every game. 

"Where is his ideal position? Where does Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] see him playing week in, week out? We know where Bruno Fernandes plays, that's easy enough. But where does Paul Pogba play? 

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"Does he play in holding midfield like he did against Wolves? Is he going to play him on the left-hand side? Is he going to put him on the bench? There's too much confusion with where Pogba's best position is. 

"He was more advanced at the start of the season and his assists record has been fantastic this season. He was unbelievable against Southampton. 

"But I'm looking at this and thinking, 'What makes you offer Paul Pogba £400k a week at this precise moment?' 

"He's not pulling up trees and his performances have been on and off." 

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