What will Paul Pogba bring to Manchester United?

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The biggest transfer saga of the summer finally ended on Tuesday as Manchester United confirmed the signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus on a five-year deal for a world-record fee of £89 million.

The 23-year-old midfielder has returned to the club which he left back in 2012, and arrives on the back of winning four consecutive Serie A titles as well as making both Champions League final and Euro 2016 final appearances.

It is very hard to justify Pogba’s crazy price-tag, but there is no doubting his talent. So, amid all the hype, just what exactly will the France international bring to Man United?


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As Graeme Souness recently claimed, Pogba is not the finished product by any stretch of the imagination. For all his talent, one can rarely recall him taking a big game by the scruff of the neck and dictating it.

However, he does have all the attributes you would want in a modern-day central midfielder and he will give United a bit of everything in the middle of the park.

Pogba’s qualities

Pogba is a huge physical presence at 6 ft 3 inches tall, but he is also blessed with vision, creativity, skill and top-class technical ability on the ball. He boasts a super long-range strike and a keen eye for goal, reaching double figures in each of the last two seasons with the Bianconeri.

Compatriot Thierry Henry has questioned Pogba’s defensive capabilities, and he does lack the natural awareness of a Sergio Busquets or Blaise Matuidi. That said, he is an incredibly powerful athlete who possesses the strength to assert himself defensively and dominate midfield battles.

What’s his best position?

The French starlet is best positioned as an orthodox, box-to-box central midfielder, but he can also operate in a holding role and provides a very dangerous attacking threat when he’s given the license to burst forward.

Under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri at Juve, Pogba took his tactical versatility to another level and is comfortable playing in both a two or three-man midfield.

Mourinho on Pogba

In the build-up to Sunday’s Community Shield win, Jose Mourinho expressed his hope for Pogba to become as influential as Premier League legends Paul Scholes, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Upon Pogba officially re-joining United, Mourinho said, “Paul is one of the best players in the world and will be a key part of the United team I want to build here for the future. He is quick, strong, scores goals and reads the game better than many players much older than he is.

“At 23, he has the chance to make that position his own here over many years,” the Man Utd manager continued. “He is young and will continue to improve; he has the chance to be at the heart of this club for the next decade and beyond."

Pogba to become leader and world star

The ex-Red Devils youth star is still very young but he already has vast amounts of experience at the highest level and all the tools to develop into the complete footballer.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic aged 34, Pogba is the one who can spearhead United’s long-term resurgence as a dominant force in English and European football and lead the club into a new era.

Importantly, he will bring personality to a team that has lacked this quality since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson three years ago. Even before the transfer was announced, defender Luke Shaw revealed that the entire United squad was buzzing about Pogba’s impending arrival.

In Pogba, Man United are getting an extremely confident player who is now accustomed to winning trophies and a big character who aspires to be the world’s very best. Mourinho believes that the current conditions at the club will give him the opportunity to become exactly that.

Once Messrs Messi and Ronaldo eventually slow down, Pogba has the potential to rival the likes of Neymar, Gareth Bale, Paulo Dybala, Eden Hazard and Antoine Griezmann for the game’s highest individual honours.

Can Pogba lead Manchester United to success this season? Have YOUR say in the comments box below!

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