Paul Pogba ready to make contract U-turn if Man Utd meet his manager demand with contract set to expire this summer.
Manchester United had already resigned themselves to losing the World Cup winner for free.
Paul Pogba is reportedly willing to change his mind about his contract if Manchester United meets his requests for the club’s new manager’s identity.
The Frenchman’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season, and it had appeared that he would not be staying at Old Trafford after that.
His second time at United has been a mixed bag, with the midfielder failing to provide the required results on a consistent basis.
Despite the fact that Manchester United are desperate to keep the World Cup winner and are said to have offered him new terms, it appeared that Pogba would go when his contract ended in the summer.
However, Manchester United have now been given new hope that he could stay at the club though, provided they meet one key demand.
Pogba would be ‘open to staying’ in Manchester, according to The Sun, if Ralf Rangnick is chosen United’s permanent manager.
The midfielder is said to have had several discussions with the German and has been ‘impressed’ with the interim manager.
Rangnick has made such an impression on Pogba that the Frenchman is ‘ready’ to change his mind about his contract and sign a new term with the club.
Rangnick has persuaded Pogba that he can construct a team and a midfield around him during their meetings.
Rangnick is also of the opinion that Pogba can be a ‘galvanising force’ in a new leadership position, despite United’s locker room being fragmented during the later part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign.
While United and Pogba’s representation had’resigned’ to his departure in the summer, they could be persuaded to reconsider.
That depends on Pogba’s performance in the closing months of the season, since the Frenchman is yet to play under Rangnick while he recovers from injury.
Pogba will be willing to stay if he and Rangnick show to be as effective as planned, as long as the German is made the permanent boss.
At the moment, the idea is for him to step down as United’s permanent manager at the end of the season and be replaced by another manager.
Rangnick may be able to persuade the club’s hierarchy to designate him the permanent manager if he can achieve a spot in the Premier League’s top four and a trophy.
Rangnick has previously stated that when Pogba returns from injury, despite his expiring contract, he will play a part for United.
“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,” Rangnick said earlier this month.
“As long as this is the case, why shouldn’t Paul Pogba now 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?