The fall out for Manchester United after their shock defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday has been all over the media in the past few days with Jose Mourinho clearly stating that he will be dropping any players for the FA Cup Semi-Final tie with Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend if they do not respond positively in tonight’s Premier League encounter away to Bournemouth.
Supposedly central to Mourinho’s fury is last season’s record signing Paul Pogba (£6.48) who was hauled off by his manager after just 58 minutes of Sunday’s match with West Brom. This substitution came shortly after his Jekyll and Hyde performance against the Champions Manchester City the week before where he was anonymous for the first half and then a world beater in the second with two crucial goals to equalise against the Cityzens.
This performance itself came off the back of some incredible speculation that his agent had offered the services of the Frenchman to Pep Guardiola in the January transfer window. It is therefore little surprise that the Manchester United number six, took home last night’s £0.05 media dividends with a huge 1510 points. Traders clearly feel that there is still a lot of mileage surrounding the future of Pogba with his share price rising £0.50 in the last seven days alone.
With such a high level of speculation surrounding Paul Pogba there is going to be several key points to keep an eye on this evening and in the next few days;
- Will Pogba start this evening’s fixture against Bournemouth? Look out for team sheets around about an hour before kick-off at 19.45 and should he not be included this will only increase the media attention around Pogba. Conversely, if he does start the fixture, how will he perform and will he be hauled off once again? Either way, the media will be reporting this and may add further too his share price.
- Then, of course, there is Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Wembley where all of the above will be repeated once more. This could be a story that runs and runs.
The transfer fee paid by Manchester United to Juventus for Pogba’s services means that even if the United hierarchy were to sanction a transfer away from Old Trafford, there are only a few suitors who have the finances to splash the cash on what would surely be one of the transfer stories of 2018.
What do traders think, will Pogba deliver tonight?