A former coach who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson's coaching staff at Manchester United has explained why he thinks the speculation around Paul Pogba's future at the club should not be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo's departure from Old Trafford in 2009.
The Frenchman has continued his excellent run of form for the Red Devils, netting two penalties in a 2-1 victory over West Ham United on Saturday.
Despite the player currently enjoying the best scoring season of his career, Pogba has been linked with a move to Real Madrid next in the next trransfer window, and some have compared this situation to the one around Cristiano Ronaldo before his exit from Old Trafford for the Spanish giants in 2009.
However, Rene Meulensteen, a former Red Devils coach under Ferguson, has now rubbished the comparison.
"I don't think there's any parallels there at all, and I'll tell you why," he told Stadium Astro.
"When Cristiano Ronaldo came, he came for the right reasons. At this club, it shaped him and formed him under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson and the players around him.
"But he was clearly an ambitious guy. He made that clear to Sir Alex and they had a good chat about it. They agreed he would stay for another year – that's what he did. When you look at the performances he produced that season, they were fantastic.
"This (the situation around Pogba's future) is different. The speculation that comes up all the time – where is it coming from? Is it from Paul? An agent?
"Sometimes, we stand here and speak about something that couldn't be further from the truth.
"It's not always fair on the player."
Pogba has made 41 appearances across all competitions for United so far this season, finding the back of the net on 16 occasions and registering a further 11 assists.
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