Louis Saha Exclusive: Pogba Should Stay
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Louis Saha Exclusive: Pogba Should Stay

Former Manchester United forward Louis Saha is hopeful that Paul Pogba will remain at Old Trafford – on the condition that he commits to the club and rediscovers his joy. The 28-year-old is out of contract at the end of this season and has struggled with injury for much of the campaign, last playing in the 2-2 draw with Atalanta on November 2. He did start strongly though, registering seven assists in his first four Premier League games – and Saha feels that a happy, focused Pogba is a real asset to United.


Conditions If Pogba Stays

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Yes [I would like Pogba to stay at United], but with certain conditions. 

“If he were to sign, I would want him to be completely focused on the team and his performances and not hear anything from him or his agent about moving to a different club in the future. 

“I would love to see him being happy, because when this guy is happy he’s such an amazing player!”

Sancho Will Come Right

Saha also feels that new signing Jadon Sancho’s struggles – the 21-year-old has just two goals in 23 games across all competitions – are down to a lack of physical sharpness, and trusts that the winger’s talent will eventually shine through.

“[Sancho] can definitely have a brilliant career,” he continued. “I think physically he is a little bit behind and that hasn’t helped his confidence. 

“That’s why sometimes when he is trying to take players on and beat them, he hasn’t been able to do it. 

“When you face challenges in your career, you must work hard. He shouldn’t doubt his ability – he needs to believe he can do it and hopefully, the United squad can help him too. 

“He needs to work hard. I think that the fans can see he’s talented and will give him the time he needs.

“I don’t want to put him under any more pressure. He knows what he needs to do – he isn’t blind. I think physically more than anything, he hasn’t shown this sharpness yet.”

Premier League Experience Essential

United have been linked with a number of players in the winter window, including Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara and Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman – although the latter has just signed a new contract with the Bundesliga giants.

However, while Saha respects the quality of those players, the ex-France international believes United need signings with Premier League experience.

“[Dembele, Kamara and Coman] are all good players,” he said. “Whether any of them would be able to come in and make an immediate impact is another story. 

“January is such a special window. You need players that come in and do it straight away. 

“None of these players know the Premier League and any player coming into a new league needs one or two months to adapt.”

Mid-season Transfers Present Difficulties

Having moved to United from Fulham in a January transfer move himself, Saha explains the difficulties of making a decision mid-season.

“If you’re a player that could move in January, the most important thing is not to be affected by noise,” he explained. 

“You have to sit down and think for yourself, because sometimes the people that can influence your decision, like agents, are only thinking about what they can get out of it. 

“This is really hard, because football players in the spotlight are under a lot of pressure. They need to look very confident, almost arrogant in any situation. 

“Sometimes that can result in a player making erratic decisions, especially in January. 

“Whenever a player moves, there are usually two reasons: you’re playing really well and someone is desperate to sign you, or you’re playing really badly and the club needs to move you on.

“It’s not an easy situation to be in. Every player has an ego, and it can affect your decision making in both scenarios. 

“You really have to be careful because sometimes you can be hurt by people and sometimes you could be influenced in a certain way that is not for your benefit.

“My advice is to listen to your gut. You need to sit down and take the time to make the decision.”




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