PATRICE EVRA says close pal Paul Pogba “does not feel loved at Manchester United” and admits he “does not know what his future holds”.
French midfielder Pogba has been angling for a move away from Old Trafford all summer and with Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane desperate to sign him.
However, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains adamant the £89m club-record signing is going nowhere – despite his controversial absence for yesterday’s friendly with AC Milan.
Now Evra, a former team-mate of Pogba at international level and with Juventus, has admitted his friend does not feel as happy in Manchester as he did in Italy.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the ex-United left-back said: “I don’t know what Paul’s future holds.
“I do know that he felt really loved in Juventus. He doesn’t feel that love in Manchester.
“We always forget what a player is about. A player is about performing on the pitch.
“So kill him when he is not playing well but if he is playing well, concentrate on that.”
Fed-up of his subdued displays and off-field social media activities, supporters turned on Pogba towards the end of last season, including an awkward confrontation following the final day clash with Cardiff between a fan and the World Cup winner.
And 38-year-old Evra, who spent eight hugely-successful years as full-back for United, has revealed he has warned Pogba to stop anything he feels is affecting his performances.
The recently retired Evra added: “When you buy nice cars and a big house, you will create hate and jealousy so you have to step up your game and make sure it doesn’t affect you.
“That’s why I say to Paul, ‘Do whatever you want but if you see it affects your game, stop. Don’t try to be like a warrior. Stop.’”
Pogba is believed to have been making another effort to secure a last-gasp move to Madrid.
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He pulled out of the Milan game with a back spasm and Solskjaer denied suggestions that the player had refused to travel to Cardiff.
Solskjaer said: “I have no doubts at all that Paul still wants to play for Manchester United.
“He isn’t injured, he’s just in some pain and I wasn’t going to risk anything this weekend with only eight days to go before the first game.
“I knew he wouldn’t be travelling to Cardiff because I spoke to him about it after training on Friday and he wasn’t right.
“He’ll probably be back in training early next week and I hope he should be OK for Chelsea.”
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