There is optimism in the Paul Pogba camp that a calf complaint picked up against Liverpool on Tuesday night will keep him out for the rest of the season, Paddy Power News understands.
The mercurial midfield maestro escaped from the Anfield turf with his side just one goal down as he felt a twinge in his right lower leg.
Initially believed to be a broken toenail, the complaint has been upgraded to a possible strained calf in the hope that it will rule Pogba out for the remainder of United’s games.
“Paul’s going to do everything he can to work on it – twisting, stretching, stumbling on kerbs – that’ll keep him out til the end of the season,” we were told by a source close to the French international.
“He’s already started 16 games this season. That’s enough, isn’t it?”
“He just wants to get on with the important stuff – posting, hair-cuts, posting about haircuts, that kind of thing.”
And it seems the feeling may be mutual among some at the Old Trafford.
“If we can drag this out for a few weeks everyone can p*ss off on their holidays and not have to think about him again,” we were told by a club insider.
The injury could also signal the end of Pogba’s career at United too, as his contract expires this summer and his future remains uncertain.
“Unless Ed Woodward hacks the Old Trafford computers and sends a half-a-million per-week contract to Raiola from his old email it should be the last time we see him in a United shirt.”
The news will be a huge disappointment for United supporters who had been hoping to give the 29-year-old a special send-off in the last home game of the season against Brentford in early May.
“Sections of the United support were planning to boo for a solid 94 minutes throughout the game, one minute of booing for the £94m the club wanted on his transfer from Juventus.”
However, when asked about the midfielder’s future beyond this season the club was remaining tight-lipped.
“Paul Pogba remains a hugely important Manchester United influencer, whose social media reach and interactions would be almost irreplaceable,” we were told by a club official.
“Negotiations are on-going with his representatives over a new contract, with the club optimistic he will accept an offer to be paid in NFT images rather than money to stay at the club next season.”
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