Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand agree on Manchester United’s Paul Pogba problem

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Man Utd greats Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand have shared their opinions on Paul Pogba’s future of late.

Manchester United legends Roy Keane and Rio Ferdinand both believe clarity is needed over the future of Red Devils star Paul Pogba.

The World Cup-winning midfielder is in the final months of his current deal at Old Trafford and it has been reported that the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona are monitoring the situation.

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Pogba made his comeback from injury in Friday night’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Middlesbrough and is expected to be a key figure for Ralf Rangnick between now and the end of the season.

Whether his second spell with the club extends beyond the current campaign remains open to question with claim and counterclaim being made around discussions over a new deal.

Former Red Devils captain Keane has previously hailed the Frenchman as ‘an outstanding talent’ but raised questions about Pogba’s future with the club.

Speaking after United’s FA Cup exit at the hands of Boro, Keane told ITV Sport: “How many times do you have to say about Pogba, an outstanding talent no doubt about it he’s got the CV and the trophies to back it up. But in his time at United, I don’t think he’s been consistent enough.

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“A big few months ahead for him from a selfish point of view for him if he’s looking at moving. Or could he possibly be staying at Man United? We don’t know with the manager but he’s a talented boy but hasn’t done enough at Man United, he hasn’t been consistent enough.”

Keane’s former team-mate Ferdinand had sympathy with the Old Trafford faithful as they await news on Pogba’s future.

The former England centre-back admitted supporters must be confused with the situation and believes Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola is antagonising the situation.

Ferdinand told the Vibe with Five podcast: “I just think that in all of these situations you just want clarity. You want to know, as a fan, where your players stand, where their flag is being put. ‘Are you on our side, are you in the middle, or are you thinking about going over there? Just give us a little bit of insight’.

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“But at the same time I know from a player’s point of view that it is very difficult. When an agent comes in and antagonises situations, that then leaves the fans, and that player, especially the fans, very bitter, but that uncertainty and that antagonising also makes the player look in a bad light.”

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