Manchester United fans will be encouraged by their side’s Community Shield win over Leicester, but it is signing Paul Pogba that will really excite them.
Pogba is having a medical at United in the next few days so it looks like his situation will be resolved before the Premier League season starts next weekend.
Buying the France and Juventus midfielder will mean far more than just adding another quality player to their squad.
Along with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored the winner at Wembley on Sunday, Pogba is another superstar of the type you expect to find in the United team.
Everyone has been talking about the size of Pogba’s fee all summer, but despite it being a world record £89m I think it is becoming irrelevant.
He is overpriced but, with the way the market is, I completely understand why he will cost that much and I know why Mourinho wants him.
For starters he has got more legs than United have got in midfield. I don’t know why Morgan Schneiderlin is not being used more but, playing together, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick lack the mobility you need in the Premier League.
Because he is such an athlete, Pogba will give United the ability to really go after teams, with or without the ball, in the way they cannot do at the moment.
He also has the potential to be a goalscoring midfielder too because, although he does nick goals, he does not score enough for a player of his ability.
Used in the right way in this United team, with someone like Carrick alongside him, Pogba’s long-range shooting and ability to get into the box will make him a massive threat, and he could be the difference between United winning the title or not. He is that good.
Pogba is definitely a Mourinho player too, and he will adapt to fit his system. You can tell from the role he plays for Juve and what he does for France that he is very adaptable.
Mourinho’s biggest job, though, will be to make sure Pogba uses the full repertoire of his ability. It is not as if he is not trying to have more of an end product but he is so talented, there is a lot more to come from him.
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