Sports pundit Paul Parker has advised Manchester United to offload Paul Pogba if they want to recoup the £89 million they paid for him.
Various comings and goings are being discussed at Old Trafford, with the general consensus being that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to make further tweaks to his squad, and Parker wants thinks Pogba should leave before Christmas.
Exit speculation has raged around the World Cup winner for some time, with the Frenchman having conceded over the summer that he would be open to a “new challenge”.
Injuries have prevented him from making the desired impact at United in 2019-20 and Parker believes the time has come to consider moving on a player whose commitment to the cause remains questionable.
“If they can get back what they paid for him – or maybe just a little bit more – I think they should take it to be honest. As long as that’s allowed to be spent on the team, then it does make sense. I don’t think we’ve seen a great passion for him wanting to play for Manchester United,” Parker said.
It has been suggested that Pogba could return to Juventus if a move is made, but Parker believes United should be looking to bring in Mario Mandzukic.
“I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to show that they need at least two quality players to give them some hope of doing something.
“That’s got to be a goal-scorer and a goal maker. Someone of Mandzukic’s ilk, who’s got a good physical presence, work ethic and can earn you fouls with his hold-up play.
“The thing with him as well is he can play wide and be comfortable there as well. They need someone who’s adaptable – but Mandzukic would only be a short-term fix,” he said.