Manchester United were looking to get in a centre-back during the closing stage of the Premier League transfer window, but came up short.
A tense relationship with José Mourinho appears to be at the heart of it. Questions about their relationship were raised last season and the midfielder is said to have been annoyed by his manager's comments after the World Cup.
Pogba scored as France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to win the World Cup in July for the second time.
You have to know one thing: a player that gets chosen and is happy, you always feel more comfortable than when he's not happy.
Reports coming out of England suggest that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is already working on ways to bolster his squad in January, and could bring in three players, among them a former Old Trafford superstar.
Asked about Pogba after Barcelona's 2-1 Super Cup win against Sevilla, President Josep Maria Bartomeu said: "I won't speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left. That's all I'll say".
Since leaving the club in 2011, Van der Sar has gained acclaim from his work at Ajax, where his professional senior career began and it is this post-playing career success which has left him as a viable option to become Manchester United's first ever Director Of Football.
Barcelona have been linked to Pogba, but it remains to be seen if they have the resources to prize away a player that United will be desperate to keep.
I think the future for him in the French national team, amongst that fantastic group of players, can only be brilliant, and I hope that he understands why he was very good.
"I think football is changing and managers should be called head coaches". For me, it was a dream come true.