Manchester United have successfully avoided major bad news for quite a while now. Barring a few injury concerns and the first-leg loss to PSG, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign at the club has been one of resounding success stories.
However, the English giants don’t have it all smooth sailing. Such was the extent of Jose Mourinho’s woes until December and the competitiveness of the table, that finishing in the top-four may remain a massive challenge still.
In all likeliness, Arsenal, Chelsea, and United will all be locked in a tight battle for that final Champions League spot until the last day of the competition. However, the prospect of not finishing in the top-four may have dire consequences for the Mancunian giants.
According to Tuttosport, Paul Pogba will not continue at Old Trafford if United fail to qualify for the Champions League this season.
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The report states that the Frenchman will likely move back to Juventus in such a scenario, an option that the midfielder was reported to be strongly considering when relationships were extremely poor between him and Mourinho earlier this season.
Further, Pogba is reported to be unwilling to spend another season competing in the Europa League. He has been crucial to how Solskjaer’s side functions, with the France international having netted 9 goals and assisted 7 under the tutelage of the Norwegian.
However, it is unlikely that Solskjaer will be given the full-time reign if the club doesn’t qualify for the elite European competition.
In such an event, losing even Pogba may send out a bad message regarding the club’s ability to attract top talents in the future. Most supporters will be hoping that this claim lacks a solid basis.
In the meantime, United and Solskjaer will get their first proper taste of a Pogba-less team when United travel to Paris to face PSG in the second-leg of their Champions League tie on March 6.