A mooted switch for AS Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni never materialised, meaning Solskjaer was left with the insecure pairing of ‘McFred’ — Fred and Scott McTominay — to fill his double pivot.
Of course, at the start of the season it appeared as if Solskjaer and United had played the perfect game by holding firm.
Pogba was unplayable in the first four games of the season, racking up four assists on the 5-2 win over Leeds United in August. He would go on to add another three assists overall, but in recent weeks his performances have nosedived at an alarming rate. He has not contributed to a goal since September 11.
Most notably, Pogba has been made to warm the bench in recent games. He was left out of the starting XI for the 3-2 win over Atalanta and only brought on later.