Pogba future unsure as United head to Aust

Paul Pogba's future is unclear as Manchester United head to Australia this weekend.
Paul Pogba's future is unclear as Manchester United head to Australia this weekend.

As Manchester United prepared to fly to Australia for their pre-season tour this weekend, their unsettled midfielder Paul Pogba enjoyed himself thousands of miles away in New York.

The 26-year-old Frenchman took to social media to post videos of himself jogging in Central Park, working out in the gym and even kicking the tops off bottles as part of the latest viral internet craze.

None of that will concern United too much as they have given their midfielder permission for an extended holiday after a non-stop schedule stretching back to last year's World Cup.

Much more troublesome and difficult for the club to deflect are last week's remarks by Pogba's agent who said his client intended to leave United.

"Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that," said Mino Raiola in an interview with the UK's Times newspaper.

The outburst ignited a predictable frenzy of speculation with Real Madrid, widely touted as his favoured destination, reported to be putting together a player plus cash bid involving Gareth Bale and Isco.

Whether Pogba joins United on their tour or not, the transfer talk is certain to accompany them around Australia, Singapore and China.

Officially, the midfielder is due to join the rest of the squad this week, before their first game against Perth Glory on July 13, but United must make a quick call on how much disruption they are willing to tolerate.

Even though United are not required to sell as Pogba has two years remaining on his contract, with the club having the option of a third, they will be guaranteed a barrage of questions about their intentions on touch down in Australia.

Australian Associated Press