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Paul Pogba to leave Manchester United at end of June: Club

The World Cup-winning midfielder will leave the English club after his contract expires at the end of this month, the club announced.

Paul Pogba
Pogba made 27 appearances in all competitions for United last season as they finished sixth in the league and missed out on a Champions League berth [File: Phil Noble/Reuters]

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of this month, the English football club has announced.

“The Frenchman has enjoyed a long association with United, having joined the club’s Academy from Le Havre at the age of just 16,” read the club statement on Wednesday.

The French World Cup-winning midfielder re-signed for United from the Italian club Juventus in 2016 but failed to deliver on his huge promise, often struggling for consistency at Old Trafford, home to the football club.

After coming through the youth ranks, Pogba left United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 before being lured back by manager Jose Mourinho, who paid a then world-record fee of 89 million pounds ($111.96m) for him.

Paul Pogba
Pogba left United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 before being lured back by manager Jose Mourinho, who paid a then world-record fee of $111.96m for him [File: Rui Vieira/AP Photo]

Pogba’s arrival was meant to signal a new era at United – a club that was struggling to qualify for the Champions League, let alone be considered title contenders – but he was unable to deliver consistency despite winning the League Cup and Europa League in his first season.

A fallout with Mourinho led to the 29-year-old being stripped of the vice-captaincy and although he had a brief resurgence under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, his overall contributions were limited by injuries or a lack of support on the pitch.

Pogba made 27 appearances in all competitions for United last season as they finished sixth in the league and missed out on a Champions League berth. He last played for United in April.

“It was a low-key end to a United career that had brought so many individual high moments, so many beautiful goals, assists and pieces of skill,” United added.

Source: News Agencies