- Paul Pogba continues to be linked with a move away from Manchester United
- In the summer, he admitted he wanted a new challenge away from Old Trafford
- Frenchman has hardly featured this season after suffering from ankle injuries
- Patrice Evra has claimed that maybe his compatriot should look to leave United
Manchester United star Paul Pogba is currently out of action after undergoing ankle surgery
Patrice Evra claims Pogba should maybe look to leave Old Trafford after becoming a scapegoat
The French midfielder has played only seven times for the Red Devils in the Premier League
Evra and his French compatriot Pogba have forged a strong relationship within football
The French duo celebrate winning the Coppa Italia together during their time at Juventus
Evra has to be held back by his Marseille team-mates after clashing with a supporter in 2017
Patrice Evra believes it might just be time for Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United after struggling ever since his return from Juventus.
The French midfielder, who admitted he wanted a new challenge in the summer, had attracted heavy interest from European giants Real Madrid and Juventus but a move failed to materialise.
The 2018 World Cup winner has also endured a frustrating season for his club, having missed most of the campaign so far due to injury – he is currently sidelined following ankle surgery.
And former United left-back Evra, who previously described Pogba as like a ‘brother’, claims the 26-year-old has been made a scapegoat for United’s ongoing problems – even if he isn’t playing.
‘Paul, when he’s playing, people blame Paul; when he’s not playing, people blame Paul,’ said Evra on Sky Sports on Sunday after Roy Keane claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should ‘get rid’ of stars that were a ‘nuisance’.
Evra then compared Pogba’s situation to his own ignominious exit from Marseille, when his contract was terminated by mutual consent in November 2017 after a seven-month UEFA ban for controversially kicking one of the club’s own supporters.
He added: ‘But I understand, sometimes I don’t agree with Roy, but when you are a problem for the club… I give my example, when I kicked that fan in Marseille, the owner and the manager, they came and said: “Patrice, what are we going to do now?”
‘And I said: “I’m leaving.” I don’t want to bring any negativity around the club, and right now, maybe it will be time for Paul to leave, because I remember when it was a big game, Liverpool vs Manchester United, people were talking more about Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.
‘This is insulting, for the two biggest clubs in the world to be talking about one player and one manager, that’s why sometimes I think it’s time, because when you play, they blame you, when you [don’t] play, they blame you.’
Pogba and Evra have forged a very strong relationship within football, with the pair previously playing together for both Juventus and France.
The pair won five trophies – including two Serie A titles together at Juventus – during a time in which Evra was cast as a mentor to his compatriot in Turin.
Evra has always defiantly backed his close friend both on and off the pitch – in 2017, the former France international described Pogba as his ‘brother’ when revealing he advised him to join United.
‘Paul is like a brother to me and I want the best for him,’ Evra added.
‘I will kill people who want to take advantage of him or try to do something bad. Paul’s got a really good heart.
‘If he has a bad game, people criticise him for what he does on social media or his haircuts, but he won’t change. He thinks for himself and acts for himself.
‘I don’t want his image coming before his football, and although I’m not worried that will happen, I’m scared other people hope it does so they can criticise him like they did with David Beckham.’