TalkSPORT pundit urges Manchester United to part ways with duo

TalkSPORT pundit Tony Cascarino has said that Manchester United should part ways with Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku this summer and utilise the funds for the squad rebuild. The Red Devils have changed the focus to pursuing young players for the summer transfer window but there has been some disruption with the uncertain futures of Pogba and Lukaku.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Cascarino said that both Pogba and Lukaku are great assets to the team but they have the tendency to be inconsistent. He added that the duo can command huge transfer sums in the market and the club should sanction their sales to initiate a rebuild which may require a minimum of two transfer windows.

He said: “If he [Pogba] wants a new challenge then I would let him go. Like Romelu Lukaku, if Pogba was performing and happy he’d be a great asset. But, as it is, both players are inconsistent star names who are looking elsewhere and, crucially, they are players United can sell for big money. They won’t be able to move on the likes of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling but they will have clubs willing to pay for Pogba and Lukaku. They should get a big fee for Pogba and start a rebuilding job which will take at least two summer windows.”

Pogba has been fancied to make the switch to Real Madrid this summer after acknowledging that it could be the right time to pursue a new challenge. So far, the 13-time European champions have been reluctant to meet United’s £150m price tag but reports suggest that they may eventually meet the demands after offloading some of their outcasts.

On the contrary, Lukaku faces the same kind of situation with Inter Milan far off from meeting the £75m price tag. The Nerazzurri are currently reluctant to pay more than £54m and the negotiations are set to continue between the teams during the forthcoming weeks.