Shockwaves reverberated across the UK this morning as news broke that a man with a well-paid job had turned up to work.
Despite reports linking him with a move away from Old Trafford, Paul Pogba has travelled with the Man Utd squad for their pre-season tour of Australia.
The France midfielder, 26, has been absent from training this week with the permission of Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But he received widespread applause from fans after he was asked to go on an 18 day tour of Australia in which he’ll be expected to work for up to 6 hours – and didn’t pull a strop.
Pogba spoke to reporters at the airport and told them it’s ‘difficult for people outside of football to understand’ but that sometimes he just ‘can’t be arsed’ with work. He said that ‘unlike in other jobs, footballers can be forced to turn up even when they’d rather be working somewhere else’ and described his ‘frustration’ at having to wait until there’s an opportunity to move to a different employer when really he was just wants to do what he wants when he wants.
Former factory worker Dave, from Bridgend, said he sympathises with Pogba but said he should ‘stick to his guns’. Dave said one day he just woke up and couldn’t face the monotony of work anymore. ‘So, I told my boss where he could shove his job and walked out. Next morning, I was snapped up by Real Madrid, and I haven’t looked back since.’ Dave said. ‘But I know it’s different for footballers cos, bless em, they’ve got contracts and stuff to sort out so their lives are just so incredibly complicated.’
On Friday Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola stated again that the player wants to leave United.
Pogba himself said he’d like to move and doesn’t really want to be there anymore but that he’ll ‘put up with it’ just for the £290,000 per week they pay him.