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Pogba ‘avoided Man Utd pay cut’ but his team-mates were punished

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Paul Pogba was the only senior Manchester United player to avoid a pay cut following the club’s failure to secure Champions League qualification but ‘left anyway’, it has been claimed. The France international joined the club back in the summer transfer window of 2016. However, after six years of inconsistency in the Premier League, he’s now moved to Juventus.

Manchester United saw Pogba blow hot and cold during his time at Old Trafford.

Signed by Jose Mourinho in 2016, the France international was key as his side won the EFL Cup and Europa League the following year.

However, while Pogba had his moments in a red shirt, the 29-year-old was often inconsistent – much to the frustration of both supporters and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer alike.

The 2018 World Cup winner left United for Juventus on a free transfer back in the summer, with Erik ten Hag telling the club’s heavyweights the midfielder’s contract shouldn’t be renewed.

Now, according to The Athletic, Pogba was the only senior player to avoid a pay cut at the club following their failure to secure Champions League qualification.

This, potentially, may have been due to a clause in his contract but it’s unclear if this was definitely the case.

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The rest of his United team-mates have seen their wages slashed by 25 per cent in the wake of their sixth-placed finish under Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last term.

And that includes Cristiano Ronaldo, who was frustrated about the ordeal – especially after netting 24 goals across all competitions.

United recruited Casemiro from Real Madrid back in the summer, forking out a huge £60million to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford.

He’ll be on wages close to £300,000-a-week in the Premier League, having agreed a five-year contract.

But the Samba star will have his salary reduced should the Red Devils finish outside of the top four for a second season in a row.

Pogba is currently injured, with the midfielder suffering a knee injury during pre-season.

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He recently returned to Juventus training but he’s set to be sidelined until January, such is the severity of his situation.

Despite that, though, there’s talk France boss Didier Deschamps will include him in his World Cup squad – with the competition due to commence in November.

Pogba has long been an integral figure for his country, having made 91 appearances since making his debut in 2013.

And whether he’s able to return in time for the World Cup in Qatar remains to be seen, with the former United star in a race against time.

Speaking recently, meanwhile, Graeme Souness took aim at Pogba – insisting both he and Anthony Martial ‘could not handle the pressure’ at United.

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“In United’s case, they’ve not really recruited any game changers,” he said.

“When you are talking about ‘we are going to miss Martial’, how many opportunities is that young man going to get to be a Manchester United player?

“He’s proven already to me he’s not for Man United. He can’t deal with the pressure of playing at Man United.

“Man United are one of the biggest clubs in the world. They are in a cup final every time they go out and play a game of football.

“As Liverpool are, as Chelsea are as Man City are now. Welcome to the big league.”

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He continued: “It’s a bit like Pogba. I see both of them and I see players in them and qualities that few players possess.

“But it’s on their terms and they pick and choose when they use it.

“When you play for a big club you cannot be like that. When you are at a big club you play in a cup final every week.

“These players are not up for that, they’re not up for the fight. There’s no good being a great player in training or being a great player once every six or seven games.

“You’re at a big club because you want to win things and want to be challenging all the time. In basic terms, they are dodgy.”

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