Michael Carrick defends Paul Pogba's transfer fee

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A lot has been made of the record breaking £89 million fee Manchester United have paid to secure the services of Paul Pogba, again.

The eyes of world will be watching Pogba's every move this season and there will no place to hide if the Frenchman doesn't hit the ground running at Old Trafford.

However, Michael Carrick has defended the remarkably high transfer fee his club have spent to bring one of the best players in the world back to the Theatre of Dreams.

Carrick is widely expected to be Pogba's midfield partner in Jose Mourinho's first choice XI and he has been reacting to the various criticism other managers and pundits have directed towards the Red Devils for paying such an extravagant amount on one player.

The 35-year-old has hailed Pogba's return as 'massive' for the club and is especially excited about the upcoming campaign.

"A transfer fee is a transfer fee," Carrick told MUTV.

"I don't think that matters too much really. I think it's more about getting the best players you can through the door and we've certainly done that this summer. All four players are going to be great for this club.

"Paul being the last one is massive news. It has gone on for a few weeks and I think he's as delighted as much as anyone that it's done now and he can focus on his football.

"I've said all along, since I've been here, the club needs the best players in the squad to push each other and challenge each other. Certainly, we've been given that this summer."

Indeed, it has been a very productive summer for Ed Woodward, who has been able to land all four targets Mourinho gave him upon the Portuguese's appointment as manager.

While their neighbours, Man City, have also spent big this summer, the arrivals of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in particular, have captured the imagination of the Old Trafford faithful.

And Carrick believes the squad shares the fans' optimism about what the team can achieve with so many impressive additions to the club.

"It's always exciting and always a feeling of what's going to happen looking forward, not just this week and next week but towards the end of the season when we're looking to be challenging for trophies; fighting on all fronts is what we need to be doing.

"We're focused on that end goal. We want to put ourselves in the position in the coming months to really challenge - getting that feeling back and smelling that success come Christmas time. You can't beat that feeling, that something special is around the corner, and we need to get to that point."

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