Paul Pogba opens the door for potential exit from Manchester United

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It hasn't been smooth sailing for Pogba at United in recent times.

Paul Pogba has fuelled speculation about his Manchester United future by refusing to rule out an exit.

The Old Trafford giants have endured an uncomfortable start to the season as their inability to further strengthen their squad was compounded by shock back-to-back defeats that ratcheted up the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho.

Sunday’s 2-0 win at Burnley was welcome relief for United ahead of the international break, but Pogba has stirred the pot just days into it.

There have been questions over the club-record signing’s happiness at United over recent months and the World Cup winner has done little to dampen such talk.

“There was a lot of talk, but that’s the way things are,” Pogba told Sky Sport Deutschland. “I’m under contract in Manchester.

“My future is currently in Manchester, I still have a contract. I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months?”

These comments are unlikely to go down well at Old Trafford, where the club hierarchy was never moved to sell a player attracting interest from Barcelona.

Pogba returned to United in 2016 after a four-year stint at Juventus, arriving to much fanfare for a club-record £89million

The Italian giants have also been linked with the 25-year-old, who was last month reported to be so unhappy that he had informed United executive vice-chairman Woodward of his desire to leave.

Pogba exacerbated speculation by saying he would get fined if he really opened up about his happiness, but later that week Mourinho said he had never been happier with the midfielder as he dismissed talk of tension.

Asked by Sky Sports about that relationship with the United boss, Pogba added: “We have a pure coach-player relationship. That’s how it is.

“One thing I can assure you: I will always give 100 per cent, regardless for which coach. I always give everything for United – I cannot say more.”

Pogba has been captain in two of United’s four matches this season, including when he scored from the spot in the season-opening win against Leicester.

The other time the 25-year-old skippered United was the shock 3-2 defeat at Brighton, where he admitted afterwards that his “attitude was not right enough” in a bad overall display.

Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola took aim at United great Paul Scholes for questioning his client’s leadership in that match in a Twitter rant that also referenced the midfielder’s potential exit.

But the midfielder did not leave before the European deadline and indicated commitment to the United cause after the chastening 3-0 home loss to Tottenham.

“It won’t be easy, but it’s just the start of the season,” he said. “I prefer to start badly and end well than start well and finish badly.

“It’s bizarre. (Against Tottenham) we were determined, we started well, and in the end we lost 3-0. It’s a shock.”

Pogba is currently with France for their UEFA Nations League matches against Germany and Holland.

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Manchester United players need to raise each other's game, says former captain Bryan Robson

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Manchester United players have insisted that there is a spirit of togetherness at the club.

Bryan Robson believes Manchester United players need to help raise each other’s games in order to succeed after a slow start to the Premier League campaign, which has seen them lose two of their opening four fixtures.

“Within a football club you’ve all got to get on well together,” the former club captain told ESPN FC. “You don’t have to be friends but, after getting off to a slow start, that’s the time when you all pull together.”

“You’ve got to have belief in your teammates and in yourself,” he added. “You’ve got to start raising your own game.

“It’s not all about having a go at people, it’s about encouraging your teammates as well.

“That’s really important for me in football that, as teammates, you’ve got a responsibility in the dressing room to have a go at each other if you think somebody is being lazy or slacking in training.

“If somebody’s been brilliant, you praise them. You try to then get more out of them.”

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Mourinho, Pogba 'don't have to be friends' for Man United to succeed, says Bryan Robson

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Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba.

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson believes Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba “don’t have to be friends” to guide the club to success.

Rumours of strife between the pair have been swirling around since the summer, and were given fuel by Pogba’s comments after United’s win over Leicester City in their first Premier League game of the season, when he implied he wasn’t happy at the club.

“Within a football club you’ve all got to get on well together,” Robson told ESPN FC. “You don’t have to be friends but, after getting off to a slow start, that’s the time when you all pull together.”

The former United captain also believes some of the criticism of Pogba is unfair.

“He came through the ranks when the Class of 92 were there,” Robson said. “He knows what it takes to be a Manchester United player.

“There is a little bit of unfair criticism for me about Paul. Every time Manchester United don’t play well and get a poor result, it always seems to be Paul who gets most of the criticism.

“If I just look at one game this season when we were really poor, our worst game of the season – against Brighton – there were a lot of other players who have to take responsibility. Not just Paul.”

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