Manchester United are in a difficult situation with Paul Pogba, given the Frenchman’s contract expires at the end of the current season.

The midfielder’s form has again been inconsistent so far this season, yet he’s thought to want to become one of the Premier League’s best players if he’s to sign a renewal.

In normal circumstances, that probably wouldn’t be considered, and Manchester United would look to sell rather than renew or let the player go for free, but Mino Raiola is quite masterful and it appears he’s got another trick up his sleeve.

AS report Raiola has purposely stalled renewal talks until April, which is far from ideal for the Premier League club.

If they were in serious talks now, they could attempt a January sale, or even swap, if no renewal looked likely. Even if after that selling chance it was clear a renewal wouldn’t happen, Manchester United have plenty of time to decide what to do regarding a replacement.

However, instead, Raiola clearly believes he can exert maximum pressure on Manchester United by delaying things as long as possible.

The only issue for Pogba, is surely a lingering worry it doesn’t backfire.