Patrick Vieira has warning for Paul Pogba as he begins Premier League career

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Having won three Premier League titles with Arsenal - including one as captain of the record-breaking 'Invincibles' - Patrick Vieira knows a thing or two about how to succeed as a midfielder in England's top division.

And the former Gunners star turned manager of New York City FC has today offered some advice for one man who, considering his price tag, will be expected to rival Vieira as a Premier League midfield icon in the years to come.

Speaking about the potential of new Manchester United star, and the world's most expensive footballer, Paul Pogba, Vieira warned his fellow Frenchman not to make one "massive mistake".


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"I’m a massive fan of Pogba,” the current NYCFC boss said, via The Mirror. "I think he’s a fantastic player, no doubt about it.

"But at the same time I believe the Premier League is different, and there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders because of the price tag and expectation.

“He will have to find the right balance because if he thinks he will win games by himself that will be a massive mistake for him. If he tries to do something that he can’t do that will be a massive mistake as well."

Although Pogba does have some experience already of English football after his initial spell at United, the Premier League is notoriously difficult for players to adapt to straight away.

Having cost £89 million and put in a composed display in his debut, against Southampton on Friday night, you might argue Pogba won't have any such problems.

But Vieira insists that the 23-year-old, and United fans, will have to taper and adjust their expectations if they think he will simply come into the league and be a one man wrecking ball.

“I read something interesting from Mourinho that he will win as much as Messi or Ronaldo," the ex-Arsenal captain continued.

"If people are expecting him to score 40 goals a season, that will not be the case, but he can make a difference with his physical and technical ability.

“He needs to find the right balance and do what he can best and not try to play as somebody else.”

There are players who have more high-level experience in the Premier League than Patrick Vieira so perhaps Pogba should take the advice of his countryman on board as he looks to start repaying his huge transfer fee.

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