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Thierry Henry doubts Paul Pogba's defensive ability

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Paul Pogba's world record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United hasn't even been confirmed yet and pundits are already picking holes in the midfielder's game.

Thierry Henry studied Pogba particularly closely during Euro 2016 and has identified a weakness Jose Mourinho will need to be wary of when it comes to fitting him into the United set-up.

The Sky Sports pundit was speaking ahead of the new campaign and admitted his intrigue at watching the Frenchman develop in the Premier League.

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Henry said: "Can he come already - we have been hearing about it for a long time. I'm just waiting to see what he will do and how he will play.

"The way I would like to see him play is in a more advanced position, I think in the Euros he played for France in a deeper role.

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"As long as the ball is in front of him he can deal with it but as soon you have runs behind him he tends to forget to defend."

Pogba is currently undergoing a medical at United's training ground and was widely expected to play in a deeper midfield duo rather than behind the striker in Mourinho's team, but Henry is concerned that could leave the Red Devils' back four overly exposed.

"When he plays in a higher position he can be more efficient, he has tonnes of skills, he can score goals," Henry added.

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"I think he will help Manchester United in that position, I don't think it's a good thing if they play him as only a midfielder. I'm very excited to see him play in the Premier League."

Mourinho sees Pogba as the final piece of his United jigsaw after the summer additions of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.

But it is coming at quite a cost, £89 million more specifically, however, Henry accepts that these sort of fees are to be expected for the world's best players.

He continued: "Is it worth it or not? I don't know. If you compare to the other eras then you can say 'wow that's crazy', and it is crazy.

"But that is the amount of money you need to pay if you want the likes of Paul Pogba, so you have to pay."

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Thierry Henry
Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
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