Emmanuel Petit brands Paul Pogba 'a waste of money'

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Paul Pogba is a player currently valued at over £100 million by his current club Juventus but, excluding Manchester United, there will not be too many others who agree with such an inflated estimation - least of all Emmanuel Petit.

With so many prying eyes keen to watch how the dynamic midfielder would get on at Euro 2016, it is fair to say the pressure got to Pogba.

Although he was a key man of Didier Deschamps' team throughout the competition, the 23-year-old struggled to live up to his hefty price tag.

A goal against Iceland in the quarter-finals was a rare standout moment but all-in-all the Man United target never really had the dominant impact everyone was expecting.

And now former Arsenal midfielder Petit has criticised the Red Devils for being so willing to splash so much cash on the young Frenchman.

Petit told Yahoo Sport: “They say £100m… is a waste of money for me.”

“Pogba has a great future, but this move is too early for him. I don’t like the situation around him all the time. We are making him out to be a big star, but he is not a big star to me."

Pogba left Old Trafford four years ago but Jose Mourinho has earmarked him as another marquee name to join Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the new era at Man United.

Petit however, remains sceptical about the Juventus ace's ability.

“He hasn’t reached the level of the Champions League yet or the level with the national team. I am pretty sure he can do it, but this is too early for him."

“People talk about him all the time in the press, but I haven’t seen it yet. For the moment, I am not really convinced."

Of course, how much notice Man United fans pay to the former Gunner comments remains to be seen but Petit's most unusual statement came when he suggested who Mourinho should look to purchase instead.

“For £100m, I would buy Suarez from Barcelona,” he added.

Signing Luis Suarez would be one of the most controversial signings any Man United manager could make, never mind Jose Mourinho.

The ex-Liverpool star infamously received an eight-match for the racial abuse he directed to former Old Trafford favourite Patrice Evra and has been considered a fierce enemy ever since.

It would take a brave man to try and bring Suarez to the red side of Manchester and we doubt Mourinho will be taking any transfer advice from Petit for the considerable future.

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