Man United made the ‘right decision’ in ending Paul Pogba ‘circus’, says Mark Goldbridge, but must take responsibility for signing player who was never ‘suitable for the Premier League’

Paul Pogba leaving Manchester United for free has been described as a ‘good decision’ but the club have ‘great responsibility’ for a disappointing end to his time with the club.

The club and the Frenchman have confirmed they are parting ways, six years after he returned to great fanfare.

Pogba’s last appearance in a United shirt was one to forget
6. Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United, August 2016
The Frenchman signed six years ago as a certified superstar

A former United youth team player, the midfielder left for Juventus for free in 2012, and after re-signing at Old Trafford for a world-record £89m he has now left without any return.

Pogba’s final appearances for the Premier League side ended in acrimony after battling with fans in a win over Norwich before playing just 10 minutes in a 4-0 loss to rivals Liverpool.

Old Trafford fans had repeatedly expressed their displeasure with the 29-year-old, but talkSPORT Man United correspondent Mark Goldbridge explained why both sides were to blame.

“I think it’s the right decision,” he said of the decision to part ways. “So many things divide United fans and Paul Pogba is a big one, we saw him being sworn at and booed in his last appearance for United.

“I think United have to take a big responsibility, we’ve let him go for free now, twice, £89m and he’s going for free.

“I hope Pogba’s career will go better than it did, but it’s definitely time to part ways.

Man United made the 'right decision' in ending Paul Pogba 'circus', says Mark Goldbridge, but must take responsibility for signing player who was never 'suitable for the Premier League'
You could say club bosses like Ed Woodward should have acted sooner
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“There were mistakes on both sides, the biggest mistake is that it should have happened two or three years ago, you look at what you’ve gotten from Pogba in the last two years and it’s very little, so I’m glad it’s over, but I’m not a United fan who has bad feelings towards Pogba because I think both sides are to blame.

“He made it very very clear that he didn’t want to be at Manchester United and you look at it from the player, it started before a game against Manchester City a few years ago when Pep Guardiola said he was being had offered Pogba, Manchester United should have been proactive about it instead of just saying ‘you stay’ and losing him for free.

“There are player power issues at United, but it’s not like he hadn’t made it clear he wanted to leave, a big club would have hit hard and said ‘okay , he doesn’t want to be here, it’s not working , let’s move on’.

Man United made the 'right decision' in ending Paul Pogba 'circus', says Mark Goldbridge, but must take responsibility for signing player who was never 'suitable for the Premier League'
Pogba’s highlight in his United career came while playing for France

The Frenchman’s return came with high expectations, but he leaves with just a Coupe de la Ligue and Europa League victory, in addition to winning the World Cup for France.

However, since signing in 2016, he has provided more assists than anyone at the club with 38 and created more chances than his teammates with 231.

Even this campaign, with just 1,355 minutes of action, he ended the season as the club’s top assist provider in the league with nine goals scored, although four of them came in the season opener against Leeds. .

Pogba was a notable star in Italy before his return to England, winning Serie A with Juventus in each of his four seasons at the club.

8. Paul Pogba – Manchester United to Juventus (2012)
Is Pogba perfectly suited for a return to Juve?

And Goldbridge believes that despite World Cup success in 2018, the Frenchman was never made for English football.

He explained: “I don’t think he’s suitable for the Premier League to be honest, I think he’s ideal for Serie A.

“He’s been called a ‘languishing’ footballer and I think his style of football suits a slower pace, international football is slower and he thrives in that, I think the Premier League is too fast.

“Fair play United, they are out, they announced it, they could have waited but we don’t want to be involved in the Pogba circus, he is gone, I think there will be more to follow.

Goldbridge were right, with the club also confirming that Jesse Lingard was leaving to end a 20-year association.

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