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Liverpool hero Steve McManaman urges Manchester United star to join Real Madrid

Steve Mcmanaman has urged Manchester United star Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford and join Spanish giants Real Madrid.

Pogba’s current United contract runs out in the summer and will be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January 1, with the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to make an offer. 

The 28-year-old’s recent performances for United have been met with criticism, with the former Juventus midfielder looking a shadow of the player he was during periods of last season.

And former Liverpool midfielder Mcmanaman believes that Pogba should leave United and join Los Blancos for the good of his career. 

‘It’s an easy move for Real Madrid to take him. You’re getting him on a free so you’re really not taking much of a gamble,’ he told Horseracing.net.

‘So you take into account what you have in the team -they’ve got Luka Modric who’s 36, Toni Kroos is into his thirties, Casemiro will be 30 in February. 

‘That’s what you’re looking at. Of course you’ve got a number of players in and around the squad as well. I don’t think it would be a big issue to bring Pogba in. 

‘Is he playing well enough at the moment? No, of course not. That’s an easy thing to say.

‘He was poor when he came on against Liverpool, against Atalanta he was really slow and got caught lots of times so his form hasn’t been good enough to walk into a Real Madrid team. 

‘But saying that, he has had levels of form in the past, at Juventus and for France. He may feel a change is better for him and the fact that he’s on a free, there’ll be plenty of clubs who will want to take him. No problem at all.

‘I don’t know whether the current United team plays to his strengths but if he goes to Real Madrid, they might. And if he’s got Mbappe or Erling Haaland in front of him he could still be an absolute superstar there.’

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