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By Richard Cooke
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Manchester United should do everything they can to keep Paul Pogba as he could become a “club legend”, according to Lee Sharpe.
The 26-year-old will likely leave Old Trafford this summer with Real Madrid and Juventus both chasing the midfielder, according to Sky in Germany.
Pogba would prefer to join Zinedine Zidane’s team, according to the same source, but Sharpe, who made 193 appearances for United between 1988 and 1996, believes that the club should consider it a priority to stay long in French.
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“I wish the club kept him, I think he could be an absolute United legend,” Sharpe told Sky Sports News. “I think he’s one of the best players they have at the club.
“He is world class in his day. I know that sometimes he doesn’t do it for 90 minutes and often enough, but I think if they were to form a team around him and bring some players who can play around him and go on his length I think it might be a sensation for United.
“The only thing is if Paul Pogba has decided he wants to leave, so there is not much you can do about it if you have an unhappy player.
“I don’t think he’s as distracted and a bad influence in the locker room as people do. I think players like it to be right, I don’t think that’s the problem.
“I think it’s if Paul Pogba wants to stay at Manchester United.” In the current situation when they are rebuilding and are not really demanding for the championships, it is a question that must be asked and if he wants to go elsewhere and look for him.
“But it could be an important part of the reconstruction. They could form a team around him and he could be a united legend for years to come.”
United, meanwhile, is in talks with Sporting Lisbon to sign creative midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
The two clubs are currently far apart in their ratings, so does Sharpe think it is vital to get the deal over the line?
“I think it’s important that they do such a deal,” he added. “If not this guy, then they definitely need a little more creativity in midfield.
“I still think they need a backup for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial ahead.
“I think they need a scorer and with a couple of world-class players and potential scorers on the team I think things will start to look slightly different and much more positive.”
How to follow the January transfer window with Sky Sports
Sky Sports will bring you the latest news from the January transfer market with the return of three shows.
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In the meantime, the Transfer Talk podcasts will also return at the end of the year with a more in-depth analysis from here and across the continent.
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