Paul Pogba was a star at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Juan Sebastian Veron praised Paul Pogba at 2014 World Cup

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When Juan Sebastian Veron watched Paul Pogba at the 2014 World Cup, he noticed something special.

The France international was representing Les Bleus for the first time in a senior international tournament and didn’t let the occasion phase him at all.

Pogba won a penalty in France’s first game. He assisted a Karim Benzema goal in their second.


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In the round-of-16 game against Nigeria, the midfielder scored and was named man of the match. He came as a surprise to nobody that he was named the Best Young Player at the tournament.

Pogba was just 21-years-old at the time but the manner with which he carried himself in Brazil spoke volumes. Already with a glowing reputation, he showed that he was set for the big time.

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And his £93.2m move to Manchester United, announced in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was confirmation that he’s reached the top.

Veron's praise

The United midfielder has become the most expensive player in history, surpassing the £86m fee Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013.

And given what Veron said about Pogba during the 2014 World Cup, it’s clear that the former United midfielder knew that the Frenchman would one day become a sensation.


Speaking after France’s opening two games, a 3-0 win over Honduras and a 5-2 win against Switzerland, Veron beamed about the two players that had taken his eye.

Pogba was one of them.

“I'm surprised by France: they are young, but already strong," Veron told RMC, per Goal. "But then, these are guys who have grown up at big clubs.

"The best example is Paul Pogba. He plays with a lot of intensity and is very offensive. Every team would like to have him.

"This kind of player is rare. I'm very impressed by him. He's the best midfielder at the World Cup along with the Chilean, Arturo Vidal. These are two unpredictable players that can always make the difference."


Jose Mourinho is now hoping that Pogba can make the difference to his United team. The Portuguese’s task is to return the Red Devils to the unforgettable heights they achieved under Sir Alex Ferguson, and the arrival of Pogba will make that challenge a whole lot easier.

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