Paul Pogba is going to have to up his game if he is going to stay at Manchester United beyond this season, according to the former United winger Nani.
The French midfielder has been sidelined for a month with a thigh injury, but prior to that blow he had been in impressive form in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield.
Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola turned heads in December when he declared that it was “over” for the World Cup winner at Old Trafford, only to later retract those claims and say they were a little over the top.
Last month Raiola intimated that a potential move was being discussed in the background when he said, as reported by talkSPORT, that: “I can’t speak about Pogba because people are nervous, they don’t sleep at night.
“I have to work quietly… If I speak, someone gets offended.”
Both Juventus and Real Madrid are still being linked with possible moves for Pogba, and Nani thinks that the midfielder’s performances when he returns from injury will serve as an indication over whether or not he’ll stay at United.
“At this moment, I see him as one of the important players at Man United,” the Portuguese winger, now at Orlando City, told Stats Perform News, via Goal.com.
“But I don’t know what he has on his mind, if he wants to leave or if all this news is making some problems in his head.
“I don’t know if he has full concentration on the team, on the games, on the goals of the team.
“I saw him when he was struggling with some injuries and then he came back and started playing, he was improving his performance. He was doing well.
“He was helping the team, but we know Pogba can do much better, he can do much more because he is a top player in this position. He’s not using all his strength, all his qualities.
“But if he wants to stay at the club, for sure he will perform much better very soon. He needs to continue to improve his game, his confidence and try to help the team in the way he can.”