Paul Pogba would have answered Manchester United's midfield woes
Manchester United must regret selling Paul Pogba to Juventus, given their midfield problems
It is a much-publicised fact that Manchester United have been in the market for a midfielder this summer, and it is even more well known that David Moyes has failed to sign even one of the likes of Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.
The two midfielders currently on Moyes' radar are Real Madrid's deep-lying playmaker Luka Modric and a player who was brought to English shores by Moyes himself, Everton's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini.
Modric is reportedly keen on swapping Madrid for Manchester, and is waiting on Moyes to submit an official bid for the player, while the Scot's attempts to sign Fellaini have so far been met by refusal.
Manchester United reportedly put in a £16million bid for the player who has made 139 league appearances for Everton since his £15million move from Standard Liege in 2008, as part of a total bid of £28million for Fellaini and Everton's left-back Leighton Baines.
However, the bid was promptly rejected by Everton, who labelled Moyes' attempts to lure the duo to Old Trafford "derisory and insulting".
While the transfer sagas involving the highly rated midfielders and Manchester United are far from being completed, it is fair to say that, irrespective of which player(s) the club ends up signing, Moyes will most likely have to spend up to 30 or 40 million pounds between now and the end of the transfer window to acquire his preferred targets in preparation for United's defence of their Premier League title.
Therefore it is a matter of some irony that the answer to United's problems could have come from within the club itself. Until very recently, United had a player in its ranks who has been touted as one of the world's best young midfielders.
This player has been described by the club's website ManUtd.com as a "powerful, skillful, and creative" player who has "an eye for goal and a penchant for the spectacular", and was at one time expected to be a fixture at the heart of United's midfield for the rest of his career.
That player was, of course, Paul Pogba, a man who could have put an end to discussions of the lack of quality midfielders in Manchester United's first-team.
Pogba joined United's youth academy from Le Havre under controversial circumstances in the summer of 2009. United were accused of offering the player and his family very large sums of money in an attempt to lure him into failing to fulfill the obligations of a contract he had signed with Le Havre.
However, the club escaped punishment, and were allowed to complete the signing of the French midfielder.
Pogba first made his mark at United with a fantastic long-range goal against Portsmouth in the 3rd Round of the FA Youth Cup on January 10, 2011, and began to draw comparisons with former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira for his physicality and ability to play as an effective box-to-box midfielder.
Pogba made seven senior appearances for United before signing for Italian giants Juventus in July 2012, citing a lack of significant first-team action at United as the reason for his departure.
He has gone on to make 37 appearances for The Old Lady, scoring five goals on his way to an impressive start to his career with the club.
Pogba is known for his ability to play either as a defensive midfielder - a position to which he is perfectly suited owing to his physicality and strength - or as a creative playmaker, a role that allows him to exercise his creativity and eye for a pass.
He captained France's Under-20 side to victory in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2013, winning the Golden Ball award as the tournament's best player.
Despite being known as a temperamental figure on the pitch, Pogba has developed into a formidable midfielder, and could have fit into the current United team's midfield like a glove, offering the perfect combination of Fellaini's physicality and Modric's creativity.
United fans cannot be blamed for wondering what might have been had Pogba resisted the lure of first-team football at Juventus to stay on with the club for another year.
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