Pogba leaving United for free after joining for record fee

London, June 1 (BUS): Paul Pogba joined Manchester United for a world record fee. He will leave the English club for free, according to the Associated Press.

United said on Wednesday the France midfielder will leave Old Trafford at the end of the month when his contract expires.

United said another midfielder, Jesse Lingard, will leave when his last contract expires on June 30.

But Pogba’s second spell at United was disappointing. He returned in 2016, when Jose Mourinho was manager, for a fee of around 105 million euros ($116 million) and caused quite a stir amid a series of catchy videos.

He came from Juventus, having moved from United in 2012 after joining the English team’s academy at the age of 16.

Pogba made 226 appearances, scoring 39 goals, in six years affected by injury in his second spell with United.

During that time, he won the World Cup with France in 2018, but his performance with United did not quite match that of his national team, as United managers could not find the best role for him.

He won two titles – the League Cup and the European League – both in his first season with United.

In his first spell, Pogba played only seven matches – all as a substitute – for United before the match ended poorly when he allowed his contract to lapse and join Juventus.

United received just £800,000 (about $1 million) in compensation for the player who was then just a precocious teenager.

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His last game for United proved to be the 4-1 loss to Liverpool in April, when he was injured early in the first half.

Pogba has been linked with Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. Lingard is leaving after a 21-year spell at United, having joined the Under-9 team in 2001.

The England international made 232 appearances for United. He spent the second half of the 2020-21 season on loan to West Ham.


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