August 14, 2022

‘I wouldn’t go anywhere near him!’

Jamie Carragher and Micah Richards disagreed about Paul Pogba potentially signing for Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer.

The midfielder rejoined United in the summer of 2016 having spent four successful years at Juventus but has fallen short of expectations in a red shirt.

Pogba has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, registering one goal and nine assists. However, he has missed a number of matches through injury in what has been a dissipating campaign for both the former Juventus man and the Red Devils.

He is expected to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, and reportedly sent a final message to the squad group chat on WhatsApp.

Pogba linked with move to City

It comes after reports earlier this week which suggested that the Frenchman was linked with a move to rivals City this summer on a free transfer. With his contract up in the summer, the World Cup winner will leave for no fee, and City have now emerged as a possible destination.

As reported by the Guardian, Pogba is open to the move despite the rivalry between the two clubs. The 29-year-old would be following in the footsteps of Carlos Tevez, who controversially left United for City in 2009.

City boss Guardiola is reportedly keen on using Pogba in a deeper midfield role and are willing to offer him a four-year-contract with an option for an extra year, which would keep him at the club until he is 34 years of age.

What did the pundits day?

Speaking after City cruised past Newcastle United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher insisted that he ‘wouldn’t go anywhere near him’.

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“I wouldn’t go anywhere near him,” said Carragher.

Ex-City man Micah Richards responded by saying: “Ah, look at the ‘party-pooper'”

When Carragher was asked ‘why not?’, he replied: “You [Man City] win the league every year, you get 95-100 points every year, I mean he doesn’t work hard enough as much as the other players, if Pep [Guardiola] could get it out of him, fantastic.

“There’s no doubting his ability, no one has ever doubted [that], but when you see the players City have, the creative players, Foden, Bernardo Silva, who are brilliant players and stop running and don’t stop working from minute one to minute 90.

“That’s what makes Manchester City what they are, there a great team, brilliant manager, great individuals.”

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