That’s the verdict of ESPN analyst Shaka Hislop, who says the uncertainty over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future at Old Trafford means Pogba should keep the door open for a potential move to the Bernabeu.
The Frenchman angered United supporters on Wednesday in a press conference ahead of France’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Moldova.
He told reporters: “Like I’ve always said, Real Madrid is a dream for anyone. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“There is also Zidane as a coach and it’s a dream for anybody who likes football. For now, I’m at Manchester. We don’t know what the future holds. I’m at Manchester and I’m happy.”
“I’m gonna tempt to side with Paul Pogba a little bit here”
Pogo speaking so candidly about being linked with Real cannot have gone down well in the United boardroom.
However, Hislop has pointed out how the midfielder was on the verge of leaving before Jose Mourinho was sacked on December 18.
“I’m gonna tempt to side with Paul Pogba a little bit here,” he told ESPN FC.
“Listen, it was only three months ago that he had one foot out of the door – let’s be honest.”
Hislop’s comments came after it was claimed that:
He continued: “Solskjaer’s come in and albeit turned things around very quickly, but we’re still not quite sure if Solskjaer will be the manager next season and exactly what’s gonna be happening at Manchester United in the very near future.
“And until you’re sure about that, you certainly don’t close any doors.”
Hislop’s co-pundit Craig Burley disagrees, nevertheless, insisting the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling wouldn’t ‘throw the cat among the pigeons’ by making similar comments.
“Let’s take a parallel here,” he said. “What if Harry Kane, who is without doubt one of the leading strikers in the world and we know Tottenham are not gonna win the Premier League, if he pitches up at an England camp every time there’s a squad and says: ‘well, Barcelona’s round the corner or Bayern Munich.’
“Or what if Raheem Sterling, one of the in-form players, said: ‘well I’ve been linked with Real Madrid recently. I’m quite happy about that, that’s great.’
“These guys don’t, I’m not saying they’re perfect, but they don’t in general pitch up and throw the cat among the pigeons by talking about that because they answer it properly.”
Pogba is likely to be in action when France take on Moldova at 7:45pm this evening.