Gary Neville explains how Paul Pogba can justify £89m fee

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Paul Pogba has arrived at Manchester United with a weight of expectation on his shoulders.

For £89 million, fans are only right to demand the Frenchman lead the club to not only a sustained period of Premier League success, but to make them champions of Europe, too.

And if he does that, then he’ll definitely justify the world-record fee United have paid Juventus for him.


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It’s a truly incredible fee, and provides further confirmation that modern football is absolutely crazy.

But United hero Gary Neville thinks Pogba will be considered a bargain if he reaches the level of some club legends.

“Manchester United have always broken transfer ­records for players who are of a certain age, just below their peak,” Neville said, per the Mirror. “Roy Keane, Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney spring to mind.

“But they are getting back to that blueprint with Pogba. He is two or three years short of his peak, but he is a profile signing the club would normally make.

“Now, to expect him to be like Bryan Robson or Keane would be placing far too much ­expectation upon him.

"But if Pogba gets anywhere near those levels – those of Robson and Keane – in five or six years’ time, he will be looked upon as cheap.

“That’s just how Ferdinand and Rooney are considered. Look at Rio. At the time ­everyone went, ‘£30m for a centre-back... wow!’.”

Shirt sales

United will recoup much of the money they spent on Pogba in shirt sales and commercial activities. But Neville still wants the 23-year-old to prove his worth on the pitch.

“For £89m, Pogba will be ­expected to win big games,” the eight-time Premier League winner added. “He has to grab games by the scruff of the neck and win big games of football.

“At Manchester United, you have to win your team big matches. So, Manchester City at home on September 10 [will be], ‘Paul, go and win us the match’. Because that’s what Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and David Silva have all been doing for City.

“That’s not me ­demanding him to do it. But those are the types of games that he has to influence.”

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