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Sunday 18 August 2019

Pogba told to get on with it

United great Robson says star must knuckle down

Paul Pogba in action for Manchester United in Australia over the weekend
Paul Pogba in action for Manchester United in Australia over the weekend

Bryan Robson says agents influence players too much and hopes wantaway Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba continues to knuckle down despite ongoing transfer speculation.

Three years after being brought back to Old Trafford for a world record £89.3million, Pogba (26) has said he's ready for "a new challenge elsewhere''.

Pogba said there was "no need" to speak about his situation after United opened their Australia pre-season tour with a 2-0 win against Perth Glory on Saturday, but talk continues of a move to former club Juventus or Real Madrid.

Old Trafford midfield legend Robson knows about being a United star when things are not going well and has also attended most of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's training sessions in Perth.

"There is a lot of speculation in the media about Paul," said Robbo. "He is a top player.

"You are contracted to Man United, so you have to get your head down, do your pre-season, which, from what I have seen in the training sessions he has done.

''If something happens and the club want it to happen, or if it doesn't, you have to get on.

"You are contracted to Manchester United. You have to give everything for club, team and fans."

Pogba is not the only United player whose future is unclear - striker Romelu Lukaku has been linked with Inter Milan - but the French star's agent Mino Raiola has been very vocal about his client.

"Players are influenced far too much by their agents instead of making their own decisions," said Robson, who played for United from 1981 to 1994.

"OK, you might want some advice on what you might sign for and when you do move but you are your own person, you can show the path you want to do in your own career.

"I don't think many players do that. They are always taking advice from agents. Obviously agents want players to move on because they make money.

"If a player is loyal to a club and stays there, the agent doesn't make as much money. That is a big influence, not just at United but all across the game.

"Players should have a good look at themselves in the mirror and make what they want to make from their football career."

United are still planning for a future with Pogba as they look to make up for last season's disappointing sixth-place Premier League finish.

"Our stats last season were well down on other teams," Robson added. "That can't be right. As a manager you want your stats to be right up there with the best.

"Ole realised that when he came into the club and he wanted to improve on it, so you can compete with the top teams.

"They know they've got to improve on last season. I was at the Player of the Year do right at the end of the season and you could see the disappointment in the players, that they knew they hadn't achieved what they wanted to achieve.

"And we know that we've got to step up our game if we want to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool.

"We've made a couple of good young signings. Hopefully, we can maybe get a few more players in. I believe we are going in the right direction."

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