Paul Pogba may have become the most expensive player in history during the summer but his performances so far this season show just how heavy an £89 million price tag hanging over your neck can affect your form on the pitch.
Manchester United ended up winning the race for the ex-Juventus star's signature in August, although, with such a high asking price, only a couple of European giants were actually interested in signing him.
Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid were thought to be the only other side Pogba considered joining but such is his quality, the Frenchman could have easily walked into practically every starting XI in the world.
One team who actively avoided being linked to Pogba was Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti has explained why the German champions kept their distance.
Ancelotti, who has replaced Pep Guardiola in the Munich dugout this season, felt the midfield left to his disposal from the previous regime did not require improving and confirmed he had no interest in signing Pogba during his stint with Madrid.
"“No! Pogba is a great player but I wasn’t looking for a player of his profile [at Madrid],” Ancelotti told L'Equipe, as per ESPN.
“No, impossible. We have a very good midfield with Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, and Joshua Kimmich can also play there.
“We also have Thiago Alcantara and Renato Sanches, who is very young, and has enormous potential.”
And four games into the Bundesliga campaign, Ancelotti will have no regrets at missing out on Pogba by being able to boast having a 100% record so far.
In contrast, Pogba has struggled to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and featured in all three of Man United's defeats within the space of eight days in the middle of September.
But some critics may have been naive in thinking Pogba would instantly make United title contenders again, especially when you consider their fall from grace over the last few seasons.
He knew becoming the focal point of a resurgent Red Devils would represent a much bigger challenge than going to a club with the quality Madrid or Bayern already possessed and still chose Jose Mourinho's side - surely a testament to his character.
Pogba is expected to return to Mourinho's starting XI for Saturday's clash against Leicester City and what better way to prove the doubters wrong than a dominant display against the reigning champions?
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