Three reasons why Paul Pogba should move back to Man United
We look at three reasons why Manchester United would do well to bring playmaker Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford this summer
New Van Gaal dawn is an enticing factor
Storming to an excellent World Cup start with the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal has ensured he’ll take up the hotseat at Old Trafford on the back of a wave of exceptional displays. Having more than earned the tag as one of the best in the business, he’ll now carry some much-needed momentum with him as he sets out on his new journey. Essentially, the appointment of the 62-year-old as head-honcho looks like the best decision Manchester United could have made following the unceremonious departure of David Moyes before season’s end. So far in Brazil, his tactics have gone tremendously well; perhaps far better than even the most optimistic admirers would have expected. After all, the Dutch national media had completely written the World Cup challenge of Arjen Robben and company off before they kick-started their campaign against Spain. Now, however, all seems well in the Oranje camp. So, the general consensus is starting to emerge that if he can bring stability, unity and unexpectedly brilliant results to a side very few expected very much from, his experience and cunning could go a long, long way in guiding the Premier League’s most successful club back to the big time. If Paul Pogba buys into the notion the former Bayern Munich manager can steady the rocky ship that is the Red Devils, he’d certainly be welcomed with open arms by the legions of fans that were so disappointed to see him leave under the reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson.
French playmaker can influence United big-time
Much like the added dimension Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil brought to The Emirates in the first half of last season, Pogba could be the extra spark needed in reviving the jaded fortunes of a once much-dreaded side. Because, to put it bluntly, United haven’t been anywhere near as feared as when their home stadium was an impenetrable fortress, nor have they packed the same punch they once had – glaringly, they’ve been without direction or purpose. Watching the 21-year-old in Brazil so far, it’s clear he possesses a footballing brilliance beyond his years as well as a confidence in his own ability that many prospective team-mates could definitely benefit from; the Stretford End faithful have surely missed the self-important, arrogant style of play their team used to spout when victory and fluid football came so easily. He glides about the pitch with an assured, composed stance and has looked, for the most part, incredibly comfortable in his role as Didier Deschamps’ creative hub. In fact, while his often talked-about, problematic fiery mentality could be looked on as a negative asset to bring to a club in crisis, he might just be the aggressive playmaker they need – somebody with with a bit of necessary bite to rile up his slack team-mates. Nonetheless, his footballing talent cannot be denied. The vignette involving Karim Benzema scoring from Pogba’s fantastic through ball with the outside of his boot against Switzerland recently disclosed just how imaginative and cut-throat his service from midfield can be – an embellishment Van Gaal’s outfit would certainly benefit from.
Challenge of Premier League is central to Pogba’s development
Last season was a terrifically memorable one for Juventus as they charged to an early Serie A victory ahead of a chasing pack that never really seemed capable of keeping pace. Finishing a full 17 points ahead of second-placed AS Roma, the Bianconeri had an easy time taking home the league title – thanks, in large part, to the steadfast work of the young Pogba, who featured in 33 of their league matches. But there’s such a thing as having things too much your own way, and while Juventus might offer him the character-building test of Champions League football for the forthcoming season, joining United with the prospect of focusing solely on capturing domestic trophies might be the preferred path. After all, in a league saturated with good teams, skilful players and, most importantly of all, a congested summit, Pogba could find himself face-to-face with the difficult challenges that could mould him from impressive midfield composer to hugely successful winner.