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Arsene Wenger suggests how Man Utd can turn Paul Pogba saga into a positive

Arsene Wenger has reminded Manchester United that it is in Paul Pogba's best interests to play to his optimum level if he does want to secure a move away.

The Frenchman has dominated the week's headlines after his agent Mino Raiola declared his time at Old Trafford "over".

It was suggested that United should move Pogba on in the January transfer window as all parties seek a resolution.

Raiola touted Juventus, the club who the midfielder left in 2016, as a possible destination.

Pogba enjoyed a brief cameo in midweek, just 24 hours after his agent's outburst, and played in Saturday's Manchester derby.

He has regularly been hailed as his club's most talented player, despite his inconsistencies, but Wenger has urged the Red Devils to use the situation to their benefit.

"I believe that you have to explain to a player that no matter what his future plan is, his interest and his job is to perform at the present club," Wenger told  ESPN's 'Caught Offside' podcast.

"It's the best way to prepare your future, to play well in the present.

"When I saw Pogba coming on on Tuesday night at RB Leipzig, I was sorry he didn't start the game because straight away he made a huge impact."

This isn't the first time Pogba has made noises about a move away.

He has regularly discussed the prospect of a future away from Manchester and Gary Neville hoped his former club cut all ties with his agent going forward.

"Whether he’s been loved or not he doesn’t want to be here. You’ve got to find an exit for him," said Neville on Sky Sports.

"I’m not having a go at him but he doesn’t want to play for Man United he wants to play for Real Madrid, Barca or another club of that ilk. They can’t sign another player with that agent (Raiola), enough is enough."

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