Manchester City fans said two words when Paul Pogba completed his return to Manchester United: “He’s overrated.”
It was a natural response. Fans always look for any glimmer of an excuse when the main rival strengthens, and in City’s case, it came by claiming Pogba isn’t worth anything close to the £89 million United have just paid.
Yet it’s ironic that they’ve come to this conclusion given the results of a poll City supporters conducted in January this year.
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City fan account ‘YourMCFC’ asked their followers, of which they currently have over 20,000, to vote for the one player between Alexis Sanchez, Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos and Paul Pogba that they would most like to sign.
And it’s safe to say that City supporters didn’t think Pogba was overrated seven months ago.
1,371 votes were cast in total and the Frenchman received a whopping 75 per cent of them. Sanchez and Ramos were next with 10 per cent each, while Hazard, in the midst of a down season for Chelsea, bagged five per cent of the votes.
Pogba is the enemy
Of course, it’s unfair to accuse City supporters of too much hypocrisy. Pogba at any other club besides United is a sensational, in their eyes. But he immediately became an enemy when he signed for the Red Devils.
But City fans won’t be too despondent with Pep Guardiola’s summer business. Manuel Pellegrini’s replacement has brought in Ilkay Gundogan, Nolito, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus, Marlos Moreno and John Stones, in a clear attempt to add youth and pace to City’s team.
Yet United have been the story of the summer. Mourinho has vastly improved his squad by bringing in Pogba, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Mourinho trolled Wenger and Klopp
Mourinho took a shot at his rivals by claiming that United were one of only a few clubs who could sign Pogba.
Arsene Wenger and Jurgen Klopp have both questioned Pogba’s world-record fee, something that drew Mourinho’s ire.
“Sometimes in football, things happen and the club breaks the record, but this is only possible at clubs like Manchester United," Mourinho told MUTV.
"When I heard some of the comments and heard some of the managers criticising that, I don't think they ever have this problem because, to have this problem, you need to be at one of the top clubs in the world."