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Rangnick: Pogba can show his talent, even if it is just to get a new contract elsewhere

Published on: 19 January 2022

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has fully recovered from an injury he picked up while on international duty with France, which kept him on the sidelines for two and a half months.

The 28-year-old is back in training with the rest of his club teammates and could be in contention to play after the upcoming international break.

Asked whether he will play Pogba despite the player's future being uncertain, with his contract set to expire in June, United boss Ralf Rangnick expressed his belief that the Frenchman has a lot to prove on the pitch.

"Yes, of course," said Rangnick. "I also played Nemanja Matic in the last games and his contract is also expiring [in June 2023].

"My contract as a manager is also expiring in the summer. For us we have the same goal. We have the same ambition to be as successful as we can possibly be in the next three or four months.

"It's not a question if a player has an expiring contract, the question is how much does he still want to be a part of this group, how much does he still feel emotionally and physically on board.

"As long as this is the case, why shouldn't Paul Pogba now, after two and a half months of injury, fully fit again, and he wants to show the fans of Manchester United, the board, the whole world what kind of player he can be? Even if it's only to show enough for a new contract elsewhere, he will be highly motivated to do that and why should I then not play him?

"But there is a difference in how players deal with their current situation. If they handle that in a professional way, an ambitious way, I will play players although they have a contract expiring in the summer."


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